In 2 Kings Chapter 6 we see an interesting story involving Elisha the prophet. A man is working to cut down trees so they can cross the Jordan river. In the process of chopping down a tree, his ax head comes off of the handle and flies into the river. He cries out to Elisha saying it was a borrowed ax. Elisha then took a stick and threw it where the ax head fell in and the iron began to float.
There are probably great theological proofs to be found in this story, but sometimes simpler is best. God cares about borrowed things. Or to take it a step further, God likes to give back borrowed things. This seemingly insignificant ax head got God’s attention enough to utilize the prophet of God to make an ax head swim. Certainly there were more important miracles to perform. There were sick to be healed or poor to be fed. But God caused it all to stand still to make a borrowed ax make it back to its owner.
We need to take a look at our lives. It seems we constantly are running out of time, energy and money. Our work is demanding. Our family is demanding. Our creditors are demanding. What do we do about church? How can we possible contribute to the kingdom of heaven when we are being pressed upon on so many sides?
The answer is simple. Give more to the kingdom. This is not saying sacrifice your family for church. It’s saying to be a good steward of what God has given you and to always keep God first. Matthew 6:33 reminds us to seek first the kingdom of God and all of these things shall be added unto you. It’s a miracle to be had.
God cares about borrowed things. Let the kingdom of God “borrow” your time, your talents and your finances and watch how God gives them back to you. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” Give God your time and He will give it back.