When you read in 2 Kings 4, the bible tells the story of a certain widow whose husband was one of the sons of the prophet. Not only was she poor, but she was also saddled with the responsibility to pay off the debt her late husband left behind or have her sons taken into slavery by their creditors. Not knowing who to turn to, she went to Elisha the prophet.
You see, one of the greatest blessings of life is the fact that God has ensured that no one is ever left without something (no matter how little and insignificant) that can change their lives drastically. No matter how poor and seemingly unfortunate a person may be, there is always a deposit of Almighty God upon their lives that can change their testimony for good – only if they knew what to do.
So instead of running helter-skelter in life, learn to take the time to look inwards for the Word declares that we have this treasure in earthen vessels. (2 Cor 4:7)
1. God’s Recognition Yardstick
Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. (2 Kings 4:1)
The Bible introduces us to a certain woman who was the surviving widow of one of the sons of the prophet. It is interesting to note that we were never told about her husband before now. And chances are that if she didn’t take a hold of the word of the prophet and do something about her condition, we may never have heard about his entire family.
You see, in this kingdom, people are known for their results. You are known for the results you were able to produce through the exercise of your faith in the word of God. Assuming you left the scene today, what will you be remembered for?
2. The Dangers Of Proximity!
It is interesting to see that the prophet who eventually helped his family get out of the debt he put them in was the same prophet he served and had access to for many years! But his proximity to the prophet didn’t change his life or situation because he didn’t know how to receive from the man of God.
Chances are that he never deemed it fit to talk to the man of God about his condition. Like many people do in this age and time, he never thought it necessary to seek God’s solution in his circumstance. You see, if you want to be an achiever in the kingdom of God, you have got to always use God’s solutions. Sure enough, the professionals have their place but none of them take the place of God’s word in your life.
3. How To Receive From The Lord
And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. (2 Kings 4:2-3)
Now the woman cries unto the man of God for help as her two sons were about to be taken over into slavery. I wonder what in the world she wanted or hoped the prophet will do for her but this is where many people miss it in Church.
While it is totally okay for the church to come to the aid of those in need and help them with material supplies, the church will do members no good if all they got from the church is money. No one’s life every truly changed by getting more money. Rather it is the transformation of their lives that attracts more funds to them almost effortlessly.
The prophet could have reached out to his pocket and got some coins for the woman and any religiously thinking person would have said he was truly a man of God. But he didn’t do that. Instead, he asked the woman what she had that the anointing of God could come upon!
4. God’s Multiplying Power
When you read through scriptures, God’s multiplication formula is always to place His hand upon your insufficient and make that which was not enough to become overabundant.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 4:6)
He always pulls the solution to a problem out of the problem itself rather than introducing something new into the equation.
And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. (2 Kings 4:4)
The prophet spoke the word of God concerning her present predicament, commanding what she had to produce what she needed. The multiplying power of God was wrapped up that simple instruction that didn’t make any sense but her future depended on what she did with that instruction.
5. Take Massive Action
Many times, what keeps people where they are for so long is not because God hasn’t done something to change their status. It is often because they haven’t acted on what God already did for them. Often times, there is an instruction they are yet to follow to the latter and that’s why things seem slow.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: (Gen 12:1)
Until Abraham took that step and acted on the very first instruction God has for him, nothing else was going to happen. His future and that of his future generation depended on what he did with this one instruction.
So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. (2 Kings 5:6)
What has God told you and what have you done about it? If you are still debating whether or not what God said to do should be done, you are strictly on your own. You must realize that many times, the next instruction depends on what you have done with the last.
6. All You Have Is All You Need
Notice that the only pot of oil the woman had was all she needed to change her life forever. The supply she always wanted was always inside the seemingly insufficient she had all these while! You see, God has so designed life that there is NEVER a person who doesn’t have something that the power of God can come upon to change their lives.
It is not so much about what you have as it is about what God can do with what you have. Listen to this testimony of Ayodeji Megbope, the woman who went from being down to her last N1,000 to getting an invited to the U.S. White House for making and selling “Moin Moin”
Your own pot of oil might be your skill, time, resources or whatever. The point is that there are people right now who have a need for your pot of oil. There are people within your reach (neighbors) who have empty vessels that need the oil that you carry. Why are you not pouring into them?
Look around you, what felt needs are you naturally and spiritually gifted to meet? What void can you and your skillset fill right now?
Stop going about the place looking for money to start a business. Stop looking for people to buy into your vision when you haven’t found people with needs that your gifts and skills can meet. That is the wrong order. If you can find enough people to meet their needs, God has so designed it that there will always be returns.
Imagine that the woman always had that small pot of oil and her neighbors always had empty vessels but nothing happened until she needed the voice of the prophet to start filling out those vessels. How many people’s needs have gone unmet because you have refused to step into your calling?
7. You Were Designed To Live Off Your Gifts
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. (2 Kings 4:7)
What this woman wanted from the prophet was just a solution to the debt her husband owed so that her children can live a normal life. But what she discovered made her an oil merchant! From the proceeds of that transaction, she was about to make enough to pay off the debts and even live on the balance!
So it doesn’t matter that you are in debt right now, the key to a supernatural supply that will open up your heavens is inside you right now. Start looking out for people with empty vessels that need to be filled up around you. Find people with needs that the grace of God upon your life can meet and see if the power of God will not come to bear on your behalf.
This revelation alone can be the end of your struggles in life if you took it seriously. Remember that the better job you do at using your gift to meet real human needs around you, the larger the sphere of influence God gives you moving forward.
What is your version of a pot of oil and how can you use it to meets the needs of the world around you?