Summary: A sermon on the provision of God.
BRING WHAT YOU GOT
The proper title for this sermon should be “Bring what you got, and bring plenty of it. Don’t hold anything back, but bring it all to the Lord.” We are so guilty of believing that we cannot do many things because we just don’t know how, or we just don’t have enough of this, or we don’t have enough of that. We have our focus all wrong. We are looking at our earthly provision and thinking that we can only do just a little bit with what we have. Our perspective is wrong. When in all actuality, if God has given vision for a matter, He will also give provision. He does not expect you to have all that you need to accomplish His goals. He expects to pay His own way. And He is able to do so. But He will ask you to bring what you have. Don’t sell yourself short. Bring whatever you have to the Lord and ask Him to bless it, and then stand back and watch it multiply. Don’t you realize that God works in multiplicity? He multiplies things, He doesn’t just add to them. In Luke 6:38, the Lord says give. He doesn’t say what or how much, He just simply says give. But then He goes on to say what He will do if you do. Give, and it shall be given to you. Oh, I get it. If I give Him something, He will give me something. Yes, you got it. But again, He doesn’t just give back in the same measure that you give. He multiplies. Watch what He said. Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. God is awesome, and He works in multiplicity, not in addition. Even in your personal life, especially if you are married, or have a prayer partner somewhere that can agree with you on matters. In Deuteronomy 32, God said one would put to flight a thousand. But look at his multiplicity. He said two would put to flight ten thousand. So God is a God that multiplies what you bring to Him. So what are you going to bring to Him today? Before you answer that question, we are going to look at a few more examples of what He does when we bring what we have to Him.
Here is an illustration of what I am talking about. Here is a widow woman. She is one of the wives of one of the sons of the prophets. She has been involved in ministry. But now her husband has passed away and she finds herself in a bad situation, not knowing what to do. She needs a miracle. Without it, she ain’t gonna make it. She owed a debt that she was unable to pay, and the creditor is just about to come and take away her two sons and put them to working off the debt. Then she really will be in bad shape, because she won’t have anyone to help her out. The only thing she has left is a little pot of oil. Thank God for a little anointing. Do you have a little anointing left this morning? Maybe the devil has just about beat all of it out of you, but have you just got a little bit left this morning? Bring it to the Lord, and watch Him multiply. She didn’t have much left, but the man of God said, “Bring what you got.” So she did. And then he told her to go and borrow pots to put the oil in. Vessels. Go get all you can get. Come expecting a big miracle. Now notice that the size of the miracle that she got was in direct proportion to the amount that she was willing to believe and work for.
2 Ki 4:5 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.
2 Ki 4:6 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.
Look at this. She poured and her sons brought vessels. They went out and borrowed vessels until there were not any more vessels to borrow. Now they could have stopped at a couple of vessels apiece. They could have made one trip out and when they got their hands full, come back and gave her those and not gone back out anymore. But she said, “Go get some more.” Keep getting them until there aren’t anymore. How big of a miracle do you want? How much are you willing to believe for?