We live in a world that is in panic. However, it continues to be on the move. The church of Jesus Christ that
must be on the move as an answer to these problems is in a stationary state. Brother R. Stanley of Blessing Youth Mission depicts the state of affairs like this; “God nominated the church – Man denominated it. God placed the church in this world – the world came into it. God wanted the church to shake the world – the church is being shaken by the world. God wants the church to witness to the world but the church is witnessing the world. God wants the church to turn the world upside down. The world is turning the church upside down”.
The world is stunned at the deafening silence of the church. How complacent can the church continue to be?
How long will we remain apathetic to what is happening around us? In 2nd Kings 6: 1-6, we see a beautiful depiction of how a growth oriented group reacts in a perplexing situation. In chapter 5 we see Gehazi, Elisha’s servant leaving the place. The place now must be a little more spacious from before. Naturally, they must be satisfied but here they desire to grow. That is not what happens in this story.
- They realize that the place they are in is small. They want a growth and
they are willing to act.
- There is a history behind this craving for more. Elisha their leader was like that.
- He walked with Elijah and saw the amazing works of God in His life.
- He saw that his leader was able to bring the fire of judgment upon the evil forces.
-He saw that his leader was able to run ahead of the chariot of Ahab the king.
-He saw that his leader had supernatural power. The disciples saw in Elisha the desire to grow
Do we teach our children to have more of the word? Is there that zeal and hunger for God in our lives? Our
parents and grand parents stood for the cause of Christ and suffered and saw the mighty miracles of God in their lives. Are these disciples, our children learning that same spiritual secret from us? The disciples of Elisha have the desire. They do not keep that to themselves. They act on it.
- While they are doing the work, the axe head of one of the
workers falls in the river (verse 5).
- Admits that the Axe fell in the river.
Many times, people lose their axe-head, the cutting edge, the sharpness, and the grace and still try to cut
wood with the stick or the handle. Our vainglory or pride makes us do that. We will lose at the end. Openly admit. Ask God for forgiveness.
- Where did it fall?
God knows where we fell. He knows our weaknesses. He knows how to deliver. The key for deliverance is telling him exactly where we fell.
- The axe head floats up
Iron has eight times more density than water. It is against the laws of gravity for something like that to happen. When we do our part, He does the impossible. We need to subject ourselves to His will. Have the desire to get the power from HIM
Move past Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho and cross Jordan. Identify Him as the source of our power. Be ignited by
the power. Have that discernment that we need an increase. Be willing to do something about it. Invite Him to come with us. Be careful not to lose our sharpness. If we lose it realize that quickly. Admit to him openly. Tell Him where you went wrong. He will deliver us.
Our growth depends on how open we are with God and how quickly we admit our mistakes.
Yes there is panic and apathy in the church. However, use our cutting edge to move forward in anointing. Let
mobility be the hallmark of our lives.
Pr. Leslie Verghese