Summary: LIFE is about learning. From childhood until the day you die, you must keep learning. God created us so we can learn and understand who He is, what He wants, etc. There is a blessing in your house. Do you know? Discover it today...
As a child my parents helped me to learn how to speak and they taught me how to be a nice person and how to do everything in my life. For example, if I wanted to touch this piece of paper and mum/dad says no, I knew if I touched it another time I will be in trouble.
2 kings 4:1 – 7, “The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
There is a time to learn. From childhood until the day you die, you must keep learning. God created us so we can learn and understand who He is, what He wants and what to touch and not to touch. The purpose of a parent to have a child is to teach the child everything they need to learn and to represent the parent so wherever child goes, people will know that this child belongs to this one because they will have the same last name as the parent.
Because you are here today you have to be proud of your parents. Many people today reject their parents, they won’t introduce their parents to others if they that parent is sick or has problems because they fear what people will say. I have a friend whose mother has a problem with her leg and we were supposed to pray for her mother and we suggested to go and see the mother but after three years we have not seen her because the daughter is ashamed of her mother’s problems.
How often are we ashamed of God or reluctant to tell people we belong to God? Do we represent Him wherever we go? We take our family name wherever we go, we know we belong in our family tree and even if that family tree that holds you as a branch doesn’t hold good fruit, if you hold good fruit as one of the branches, people will come looking for you to find something good to eat.
At Michelle’s parents’ house there was a tree that grew fruit. One of the branches of the tree grew over the fence onto Michelle’s house and I could take the fruit from her side of the fence. Through you, how many people get fed? To feed people you don’t have to be a son of a pastor, being a child of God is enough.
When Elisha visited this lady, instead of being welcomed with joy, the woman was crying because her husband was one of those learning to be a prophet and now he is dead. She continued, my two sons who are here, they have to be taken as slaves because my creditor wants them to work for them because I can’t pay what I borrowed. She didn’t stop to say, hello or how are you, she didn’t greet the man first but instead went straight into her problems.
If someone tells you that, how will you feel? Maybe you will tell them, “this is not my problem, when you took the money, did you ask me? That is your business.” We often don’t think about others or care about their problems. Yet, how often do you tell God about your problems and how often does God tell you that He doesn’t care or, “stop it’s enough now, I’ve had enough of you”.
The woman didn’t know where or who to go to in her grief but the creditor didn’t care, he only needed what she owed him. If someone tells you that they reach the stage now to give their children, it means they have tried every other option. How much are you loved by God? How much do you love your children, how much do your parents love you? Who would be ready to give your child as slave? Many parents would rather die or become a slave themselves than allow their child to become a slave.