Answers for Each Day - September 7

Taking Responsibility

Today we are on the third key to regaining your cutting edge.  The first was to admit you have lost your edge, and the second was to put your eyes on the Master.  The third is to take responsibility if you have lost your spiritual edge.    

I want to take you back to 2 Kings 6:5,

But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master!  For it was borrowed."

It is important to understand that ax heads do not just fall off.  They fall off because they are not properly maintained.

I have spent endless hours chopping wood, and I have owned a number of fine axes in my time.  But in all the years I have chopped firewood, I have never had an ax head fly off.

The only reason an ax head would fly off is if the one using the ax has not been taking care of it.  This must have been the case for the guy in 2 Kings 6 who lost the ax head.  He was responsible to make sure the ax head would stay on.

The point is this:  If you have lost your cutting edge, you need to take responsibility.  If it is something that you did, or neglected to do, repent.  Take responsibility and stop blaming other people.

As much as you might like to point the finger at the last church you went to, or your spouse, or your boss, or whatever it might be, no one can take your cutting edge away from you.  Only you can cause it to be lost. 

Stop blaming others, and take responsibility if you have lost your edge.  It is a necessary step toward regaining your spiritual sharpness.

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