The story of the lost ax head gives us some valuable insights of how to recover the cutting edge. One of the interesting dynamics about this narrative is that the cutting edge was lost while he was working.
It is possible to lose the cutting edge while we are working. We can lose it while we are doing ministry. We can lose it while we are doing a good work for the Lord. The challenge is for us to recognize when we have lost the cutting edge. If we don’t, we will just continue to go through the motions without anything of substance being accomplished and the inability to be effective.
In order to recover the cutting edge, you must realize that we have an obligation to be good stewards over the things that have been entrusted to us by God. Verse 5 says, “for it was borrowed.” All that we have is not ours. It has been entrusted to us by God. All that we have transcends us and we have to give an account to God for our stewardship.
Secondly, we must recognize where we lost our cutting edge. Verse 6 says, “and the man of God said, where fell it and he shewed him the place.” It is imperative that we are truthful with ourselves and pinpoint exactly where we lost it.
Lastly, we must pick it up. Verse 7 says, “therefore said he, take it up to thee and he put out his hand and took it up.” It is our responsibility to find where we lost our cutting edge and it is our responsibility to pick it up when we find it.
For some of us that means we must get over the shame we bore or the despair that we found to be so overwhelming. September is somewhat of a a new beginning for us at HFDWC. It is a month for some to have a fresh start. Some of us need to get our cutting edge back. Some are just going through the motions. Some have lost their passion. Some have lost their focus and perspective. Some have derailed and need to get back on track.
The apostle John admonishes us to remember from where we have fallen and repent and do the first works (Revelation 2:5). He also admonishes us to be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die (Revelation 3:2).
I had to recover my cutting edge. I had to be brutally honest with myself. I had to determine where I lost it. I didn’t just want to go through the motions. I had to pick it up. I had to surrender my will. I had to die a deeper death. I had to take responsibility in recovering my cutting edge. I had to see it more than just a phase that I was going through. I had to see it more than just being exhausted or frustrated. I had to see it as something that I had lost and that needed to be re-gained.
Let this be a September to remember. Let it be a September that will catapult us to greater things in the months to come.
Praying for Bishop in
Week 2: Sunday, 9/9/18 - Saturday, 9/15/18
Mom Una Sloan & Mom Phyllis Bobb
Proverbs 28:20 – abound with blessings
Week 3: Sunday, 9/16/18 - Saturday, 9/22/18
Deaconess Joan Williams & Jeanette Moore
II Corinthians 9:6 that he would reap bountifully
Week 4: Sunday, 9/13/18 - Saturday, 9/29/18
Evangelist Paulette Jackson & Deaconess Dottie Clark
Deuteronomy 28:2 Pray the blessings of the Lord would overtake him
Week 5: Sunday, 9/30/18 - Saturday, 10/6/18
Prophetess Alleta Jackson & Prophetess Joyce Morris
II Corinthians 2:14 pray his would continue to triumph in Christ