Scriptures: 2 Kings 6:1-7
In these verses we see that a problem has a occured: the school of prophets has outgrown their building so they go to cut down trees to expand. Elisha was asked to go along for the day and while they are there one man's axe head comes off and falls into the Jordan River sinking to the bottom. The man had lost his cutting edge, he was no longer an effective worker.
There are three principles that will help us get back our cutting edge and help us to stay sharp:
1) We must admit we have lost our cutting edge: it is very hard to admit that we might have a problem or that our efforts are not accomplishing very much. Training and planning are needed but someone's got to cut some trees down! Do not just tell others about your caling or ministry: show them! The prophets in training went to work and Elisha was an observer. We all share the responsibility of the Kingdom work: we all need to be cutting down trees. When we find that we are not being effective, we cannot make excuses, we must make changes.
2) We must remember the spot where we lost our cutting edge: the man was asked "where did you last have it?" An axe handle with no axe head makes noise, but never cuts anything. If you want your cutting edge back it is wherever you left it behind. You must narrow down where you lost your cutting edge.
3) We must act our part in recovering our cutting edge. No problem is too small to take to God. God is concerned about us as individuals. God will solve any problem if we are willing to ask. God made the axe head swim! The axe head swam but the man still have to bend over and pick it up. If he wanted the axe head again, he had to do something about it. Elisha did not retrieve the axe head for him. The young prophet needed to involved in his own recovery.
Do you want to serve God as an effective servant? It's time to take back your cutting edge and start felling some trees.