Sharpen Your Axe
“If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.”
As I was growing up, one of my chores was to take an axe, and cut up firewood from the woods behind our house. The one thing that my grandfather always told me to do before starting, was to sharpen my axe. A dull axe meant that it would be much more difficult to chop the firewood, and make the job much harder. The sharper the ax, the less effort and energy required for the task. So I learned early on to sharpen my axe before venturing into the woods, and I saved myself a lot of time and energy. There is a lesson that can be learned from this simple illustration, and that is how many of us are exerting too much energy for the Kingdom of God, and are working with dull axes? We need to sharpen our spiritual lives. We need to get focused in prayer, and spend more time in God’s Word, as this is what brings us into the will of God. We need to spend time each day, focusing on what God wants us to do in our lives. He will sharpen us with his wisdom, when we spend time with Him, then, when we are “out in the woods”, working for the Kingdom, our effectiveness will be greatly multiplied because our axes are sharp. Don’t get so busy with the other things of the world that you forget about God, and let your axe becomes dull. Remember that your devotion to the Lord and His word will sharpen your spiritual life, especially before you start the day. I would encourage each of you to spend some quality time with God each morning. Prioritize your devotional life each day, and watch how your “sharp axe” will cut through the problems, obstacles and difficult situations you will face.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Four