Ecclesiastes 10:10 (ESV)
If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge,
he must use more strength,
but wisdom helps one to succeed.
When I was younger I used to do a lot of camping. When camping we used a lot of firewood. One thing I was taught by my leaders was to always sharpen my axe! A dull ax meant harder work chopping through fallen trees for our fires. The sharper the axe the less effort and energy required for the task. So I learned early on to sharpen my axe before heading onto the weekend camp outs. By sharpening my axe I saved myself a lot of time and energy.
We can all learn a lesson from keeping my ax sharp. How many of us are exerting so much energy for the Kingdom, but are working with dull axes? We need to sharpen our spiritual lives, get focused in prayer and spend deep time in the Word. 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 that your ax becomes dull. Remember that your devotion to the Lord and His word will sharpen your spiritual life, especially before you start the day. Prioritize your devotional life and watch how your "edge" will cut through the problems, obstacles and difficult situations, like a hot knife through butter!
Dear Lord, help us to come to You in Bible study and prayer so that we can keep our faith sharp and ready to handle what comes before each of us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.