This is a great story recounted by Reed Fleming.
I’m excited today! I want to share that excitement with YOU! Share what, you ask? I was reading in 2 Kings this morning and I had just turned to 2 Kings 6 and began reading about the floating axe head.
If you are not familiar with this passage of Scripture, please read it HERE.
If you remember, Elisha took on Elijah’s position after he had been taken up to heaven in a chariot. Elisha was then blessed with a double portion of the Holy Spirit.
In 2 Kings 6, Elisha was busily training new profits in prophet school when one of his students mentioned the fact that the quarters they were training and living in was just too crowded.
The student suggested the he and the rest of the prophets-in-training go to the river and each cut a beam from which a new dwelling place could be constructed for them to live and train.
Elisha said, “Sounds like a plan, go to it!”
We all know what happens next. One student’s iron axe head flies off the handle and lands in the river. It rapidly sinks to the bottom as iron has a tendency to do when it falls into water.
“Do you self-inspect your spiritual walk with Christ regularly?”
What happens next is what God gave to me this morning to give to you and to use to prepare my Wednesday night sermon!
What do we do when we lose our cutting edge in serving Jesus?
Let’s look at three things in 2 Kings 6:1-6 for a solution:
What if the young student had regularly checked the security of his axe head to the handle?
Do you self-inspect your spiritual walk with Christ regularly?
We are told to do a self-examination to discover our spiritual “fitness” when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Why not do it at the end of each day? If we discover our axe head getting loose, we can tighten it before it falls off and we will not have gaps in our obedience to Christ.
Until next time!
QUESTION: PLEASE SHARE A TIME WHEN YOU LOST YOUR CUTTING EDGE AND HOW YOU FOUND IT AGAIN.
Pastor Zach Malott
Ruidiso Downs 1st Southern Baptist Church
26363 Hwy 70 East
PO Box 187
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
Church Website: www.1stsouthernbaptist.com
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