A man had a firewood factory that employed prisoners. He gave them a place to live, specific directions on what to do, and he paid them good wages, but they were unproductive. Eventually the man had no choice. He fired them and purchased a circular saw powered by a gas engine. In one hour, the new saw did more than all the men had done in a week.
The man talked to his new saw. “How can you turn out so much work?” he asked it. “Are you sharper than the saws my men are using?”
The saw answered, “No, I am not any sharper than the other saws. The difference is the gas engine. I have a stronger power behind me. I am productive because of the power that is working through me, not because my blade is any sharper.”
Many of us work for God in the power of the flesh. We use our best intellect, charming personality, and enthusiasm to its fullest. We are like the saw. We’re really pretty sharp. The problem isn’t our blade. It’s our power source.
Until we are plugged into the right power source, we will never produce the right results, no matter how sharp we may be. Jesus promised, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8). Without that power, it doesn’t matter how sharp you are.