When You Have Lost Your Cutting Edge?
2 Kings 6:1-6 NLT
1 One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, “As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small.
2 Let’s go down to the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new place for us to meet.” “All right,” he told them, “go ahead.”
3 “Please come with us,” someone suggested. “I will,” he said.
4 So he went with them. When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees.
5 But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. “Oh, sir!” he cried. “It was a borrowed ax!”
6 “Where did it fall?” the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head floated to the surface.
1. Life is PREDICTABLE and ROUTINE
2. You have lost your ENTHUSIASM
5. No sense of ADVENTURE
I. Affirm it was LOANED
1 Corinthians 4:7 NLT – For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?
1 Chronicles 29:14 NLT – But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
1 Peter 1:13 ESV – Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
II. Acknowledge it is LOST
Ecclesiastes 10:10 NLT – Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.
III. Associate with LEADERS (v. 5)
IV. Anticipate the LORD. (v. 6)
The place of DEPARTURE is the place of RETURN
Revelation 2:4-5 NIV – 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
God specializes in IMPOSSIBLE RECOVERIES.
V. Accept your LOAD (v. 6)