In my final installment of teachings from the Foursquare Thailand Convention, I want to share something that spoke deeply to me. You got what you got. Sometimes, we think we need something else or some outside resource, but in God’s economy, he takes what we’ve got and makes it work. We don’t need anything more than what we already have at our disposal to allow God to do great things in our life. Mike Kai, pastor of Hope Chapel West Oahu used a great story from the Old Testament to illustrate this lesson.
He took us back to the days of Elisha, a tough prophet during the days of the northern kingdom of Israel. Remember, Elisha received a double portion from that of Elijah his mentor. In this story, Elisha meets a widow, perhaps the wife of Obadiah (we know he was one of the sons of the prophets who feared God). She comes to Elisha concerned that the creditor will come and take her two sons to become slaves. She is at her wits end. Mike helped place us in the shoes of this widow. We usually think of widows as old ladies, but this woman has two young sons, likely she is a young woman. We started to feel her pain of recently losing her husband, a good man. Now she is destitute and has no way to take care of her family.
This distressed woman came to Elisha, likely a father figure to her. When she had a problem, she went to the right place. When we have a problem, don’t we do that? We go to God and say, we love you, please help us.
Upon hearing her problem, Elisha asked what she had in the house. Huh? How will that help? See, Elisha did not give the answer, but pointed her toward the solution. Think about this woman now. She probably had stock of her house memorized. She had no more money to go to the grocery store and purchase more items. She knew what little she had left as it dwindled down and down. She answered Elisha by saying, “I have just a little bit of oil left.” Isn’t that how we respond in times of crisis?
God knows what we need. We already possess it. That is what I mean by you got what you got. Sometimes we overlook what we really need. Mike went on to explain how they started their church with not very much. He was taken to Zechariah 4 and reminded not to despise the day of small beginnings. God loves to see things begin. God turned to Moses and asked what that is in your hand? Jesus asked a boy in a large crowd, what do you have? God rescued his people from Egypt with Moses and his staff; Jesus fed thousands with a boy’s lunch.
Now, Elisha told the widow and her boys to gather up jars from the neighborhood. Mike imagined these boys running throughout the neighborhood trying to pick up as many jars as they could as they raced up and down the streets and asking their neighbors for help. When they came back with all the jars in the house, God began to work with the little oil that the widow had. She needed more vessels, because the thing God was going to do could not be contained. Sometimes we dream too little. We need to dream bigger. God can do a lot with a little bit…little people, little churches, little villages, little…
Elisha says shut the door…shut the door to negativity, doubt, to someone else’s opinion of what you are going to do, the lies of the enemy who will tell you that you can’t do it/ you are nobody…what God will do, not everyone will understand.
She gathers her boys together and gathers all the jars. She has only a little bit of oil when she prays with her boys…as God must do something…represents everything she has left. She begins pouring the oil…fills one jar, oil keeps pouring, keeps pouring oil…keeps filling…every jar is filled…then the oil stopped. What if they had brought more jars? What would have happened then? But he asked, and he got it. If she had more jars, more jars would have been filled.
Don’t go half way. What God can do is more than we can imagine.
Are you willing to obey the word of the Lord? God wants to do something awesome in our churches and in our lives. We need to pour out what we have left, and then God will bless it and do more with it.
What is your dream?