Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-7:20 (additional reading: Psalm 142:1-7 and Proverbs 17:24-25)
Have you ever lost your cutting edge in serving the Lord, Have you ever lost your effectiveness in doing His work. Were you at one time swinging with great vigour your axe of service for God. Chopping away with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Knocking down tree, after tree, after tree and building up, the Kingdom of God. But somehow, somewhere along the way — you lost your cutting edge, you lost your effectiveness in serving the Lord.
There are 3 principles that will learn from this young prophet in today’s text that will help us get back our cutting edge.
WE LIKE THE YOUNG PROPHET, MUST ADMIT THAT WE HAVE LOST OUR CUTTING EDGE.
That was the first step the prophet had to take — admit that he no longer had his cutting edge. Admit that he had lost his effectiveness. You know, our talents and our abilities are not our own either. they too are borrowed, they are on loan to us from God. AND JUST LIKE the young man in our text we have an obligation, we are responsible to the real owner of the talents; GOD!
REALIZE WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO DO OUR SHARE OF KINGDOM WORK, WHETHER THAT MEANS CUTTING 1, 2 OR 5 TREES.
Each of us has been given a job to do by God. We can’t just sit here and say ‘oh, well.. nothing I can do now’. We have a job to do and a solution to find!!
WE LIKE THE YOUNG PROPHET, MUST ACT OUT OUR PART IN RECOVERING OUR CUTTING EDGE.
The young prophet didn’t just sit there and wait for Elisha to fix his problem, but he acted on the instruction which he was given. There is something special, there is something great about the power of God and the effort of man working together.
- Are you serving God as you ought?
- Where do you find yourself in these three steps?
Father, Thank You that You give us the opportunity to join with You in building Your Kingdom. Help us to seek help when we need it and to take the actions You call us to take, In Jesus’ name, Amen