Benjamin Franklin, in his autobiography, tells of the man who bought an axe from the local blacksmith. The purchaser wanted the whole of its surface as bright as its edge, and this the smith said he would do, provided the man would turn the wheel while he ground it. It was a hard, wearisome job and often the man stopped to see how the axe was coming along. "Turn on, turn on," said the smith; "we shall have it bright by and by; as yet it is only quite speckled." "Yes," said the man, "But I think that I like the speckled axe best!"
Is this not the case with too many of God's children? Rather than going all the way into the filly consecrated and victorious Christian life, they become satisfied with a "speckled axe" type of religion. Surely, there is more to Christianity than a superficial wax and shine being applied to the edges of our lives (2 Corinthians 7:1). The dedicated Christian will keep the wheel turning daily!