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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
"Sharpen the Ax"
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Acts 20:35
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
I am sure you have started the year off with many goals and plans, and I’m sure you know how tough it is to keep the resolutions that have been made. Spiritual goals will be met with challenges from world, the flesh, and the devil; physical goals will be challenged by the natural appetites of the body. Anything good you attempt to accomplish will be met by strong opposition. Yet, the victory will be found in your reliance on the Lord’s strength. He is the cutting edge that pierces all opposition. When you spend time with the Lord, you gain the power, the wisdom, the leadership, and the courage to accomplish His will.
Some years ago, a young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job. "That depends," replied the foreman. "Let's see you fell this tree." The young man stepped forward and skillfully felled a great tree. Impressed, the foreman said, "Start Monday!" Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rolled by, and Thursday afternoon the foreman approached the young man and said, "You can pick up your paycheck on the way out today."
Startled, he replied, "I thought you paid on Friday."
"Normally we do," answered the foreman, "but we're letting you go today because you've fallen behind. Our daily felling charts show that you've dropped from first place on Monday to last on Wednesday."
"But I'm a hard worker," the young man objected. "I arrive first, leave last, and even have worked through my coffee breaks!"
The foreman, sensing the boy's integrity, thought for a minute and then asked, "Have you been sharpening your ax?"
The young man replied, "I've been working too hard to take the time.”
I want to encourage you to take the time daily to walk with the Lord. This is not time wasted, but time saved! Your time with Jesus will keep the ax sharpened, allowing you more effectiveness as you fell the goals you have set. Don’t get so busy chopping away at your plans that you fail to sharpen the ax.