Summary: God uses the useable. Ask yourself, "What Have I that the Lord can use?" Message for the church.
2 Kings 4:1-7 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) 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. (3) Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. (4) 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. (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. (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. (7) 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.
Check out V.3 again – Borrow as many as you can find. Borrow not a few.
What’s that you have in your hand?
I can use it, If you’re willing to lose it
Take the little you have and make it grand,
I am El-Shaddai, I will more than supply your need
Our thinking as a ministry, and as a church, and as a family needs to learn to expect much from everyone. Everyone doing their part in order to make the whole ministry functional.
Conventional wisdom or thinking tells us to expect just a little from everyone, and much will be accomplished.
Many are of the belief that if we ask too much from people that they will simply go elsewhere, to a place where not much, if anything is required of them.
With that type of leadership thinking, instead of going forward, a church will get stuck in a deadly trap of maintenance.
GOD HELP THIS MINISTRY TO NEVER GET TO THAT POINT! THAT IS DEATH!
Let’s set this message up: look again to the Bible
2 Kings 4: 1-2 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) 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.
· She saw that she didn’t have enough to pay the bills
· She saw that what she did have wouldn’t keep her children from becoming slaves
· She saw little, but the man of God saw much!
· She said all that she had, was a pot of oil.
Again, conventional thinking says:
· Give little
· Pray little
· Do little
The Spiritual result of this type of thinking?
· Get little or nothing
· Hear little or nothing
· Accomplish little or nothing
Again, to the lie – “If everyone does a LITTLE, a lot will be accomplished.”
My Senior class motto was: “If we all pull together, the whole world will keel over!”
I don’t buy the Dudley DoLittle philosophy!
I expect much from people
I expect people to do their 100%, just like you expect me to give my 100%!
I expect people to work 100% in their giftedness, and I believe that God in turn will MULTIPLY that effort!
Can I get an AMEN?
This little lady had nothing to look forward to, but an empty house, after losing her husband. She was even getting ready to lose her boys to slavery, THEN A MAN OF GOD STEPPED ON TO THE SCENE!
Come on somebody, do you see a lot in a little?
Or do you see a little in a lot?
The church and leadership that expects much, can in fact get much, because WE KNOW that God can do much with whatever we have in the house!
Just Come As You Are!
Serve As You Are!
Worship As You Are!
Besides, God has never asked: “What is the LEAST that you can do?” He demands, “What Do You Have”?
In 2 Kings 2:4, the widow gave ALL she had, then collected the empty vessels!