Instruments in the Hands of God
Yesterday we saw that the first sign a person has lost their spiritual edge is that he or she no longer recognizes the voice of the Holy Spirit and His leading.
The second characteristic of someone who has lost their edge spiritually is they lose their usefulness as an instrument in the hands of God.
Revelation 14:14-16 tells us,
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
The One sitting on the cloud with a crown on His head is the Lord Jesus Christ. The harvest on the earth is the salvation of lost humanity, men and women who do not yet have a relationship with God.
Then what is the sharp sickle? It is the Church. It is you. It is me. If God is going to reap the harvest of lost humanity, it is going to be through His people.
You and I are to be a sharp sickle in God's hand in His great plan of mankind's redemption. That means the housewife, the doctor, the businessman, the student, the truck driver…every one of us. We are to be setting our hand to whatever practical work we have been gifted to do to see people being saved and being discipled.
Let us determine to be an effective instrument—a sharp sickle—in the hand of our God.