2 Kings 6: 1- 7
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. 2 Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.” So, he answered, “Go.” 3 Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” 4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 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.” 6 So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So, he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. 7 Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So, he reached out his hand and took it.
There is nothing more essential in the life of a believer than being filled with the Holy Spirit. Our ability to serve God and serve Him effectively depends on being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Someone gave this illustration: “I have a glove here in my hand. The glove cannot do anything by itself, but when my hand is in it, the glove can do many things. True, it is not the glove, but my hand in the glove that acts. The Christian is a glove. It is the Holy Spirit in us, the hand, who does the work. We have to make room for the hand so that every finger in the glove is filled.”
The great tragedy of our generation is that we act as if we are the hand rather than the glove. There is no generation in Church history that is better equipped or has more at their disposal to do God’s work than ours. But our advantages have become our disadvantages. We rely on what we can do and what we have to do the work. The result is we are only getting what can be done in the flesh. It is only when the Holy Spirit becomes the hand in the glove that we will get spiritual results.
This passage in 2 Kings 6, is a reminder of how important it is that we serve and work in the power of the Holy Spirit. The story of the lost axe head should remind us of our need of the Holy Spirit’s power in our life and ministry.
The axe head is a symbol of the power of the Holy Spirit in our service. We have been called of God to serve and work for Him. However, we can never productively serve unless His power is upon us. When we try to serve God without the power of the Holy Spirit, we are only swinging axe handles.
When we begin to neglect our time with God in His Word and in prayer, the result is always a loss of power. Spending time with God is essential if we are to have power with God.
Have you lost your axe head? Are you trying to serve God with just an axe handle? Have you been neglectful of your time with God and the result has been that you have lost your axe head?
Thank God, we can have our power restored and God’s Spirit can once again fill us and make our lives productive again. When we make right what is wrong, when we address the reason, we lost our axe head, God can and will restore the axe head. Bless His name!
The good news is that the Lord can recover what we have lost and put us back to work. If we lose our “cutting edge,” He can restore us and make us efficient in His service. The important thing is to know that you have lost it, and when and where you have lost it, and honestly confess it to Him.