By Angela Craig
What are you waiting for?
God has called you for a purpose. Why are you holding back?
What do you feel you need to move forward? More education, money, a title, the right season in life, an invitation? So often we don’t think we have enough to offer, or we don’t have what it takes to succeed on God’s behalf. This belief is simply not true.
Take a look at the story of Elisha and the jar of oil in 2 Kings 4 (The entire scripture is posted at the bottom of the blog for your personal study).
A widowed woman came to the prophet Elisha, desperate on behalf of her family. She was burdened by a heavy debt. If she didn’t pay the debt held against her family, her boys would be sold into slavery for the price that was owed. She would be left with nothing – no family and no money.
Elisha asked her: “What do you have?” (vs. 2)
The Widow said: “Your woman servant has nothing except a jar of oil.” (vs. 3)
Then Elisha said: “Go around and get empty jars from all your neighbors…pour the oil into each jar until they are all full.” (vs. 3-4)
The woman did as Elisha had instructed. She poured the oil into each of the empty jars her sons brought to her. When the last jar was filled, the oil in her original jar ran dry. Elisha then instructed her to sell the jars of oil and pay her debt in total.
Not only did the jars of oil pay the debt, there was enough money left over for the women and her sons to live free.
Think for a minute about the personal application of this story:
What do you have?
What jar are you holding that you don’t think is enough to make a difference?
Is it a talent, your time, or money?
Are you ready to see God multiply it?
If you are tired of holding back, here are four steps to break through into your future:
- Bring what you have before God.
- Ask for the impossible.
- Believe and have faith that God will multiply what is done righteously in His name.
- Remember that you are not alone!
We would love to hear your thoughts on, What are you waiting for? What jar has God given you that He wants to multiply? Please don’t hesitate to share your stories or comments below.
Elisha and the Jar of Oil
4 Now the wife of the son of one of the men who tell what will happen in the future cried out to Elisha, “Your servant, my husband, is dead. You know that your servant honored the Lord with fear. But the man to whom he owed money has come to take my two children to make them serve him.” 2 Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your woman servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go around and get jars from all your neighbors. Get empty jars, many of them. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour the oil into all these jars, and set aside each one that is full.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They took the jars to her, and she poured. 6 When the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another jar.” And he said to her, “There is not one jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go and sell the oil and pay what you owe. You and your sons can live on the rest.”
I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a friend, a writer, a minister, a coach, a social justice and non-profit junkie. Not necessarily always in that order. In my role as Director of the Women’s Department at the Northwest Ministry Network, I get to do what I like to do best: create, teach, write, and learn through others. I am also passionate about helping people discover and live out a passion and purpose filled life in my role as a certified Coach and President of the Give Good Awards Foundation. Devoted to helping others reach their fullest potential in life and leadership, Angela has authored two books, The Story of Leah: When life is not what you expected it to be and Pivot Leadership: Small Steps – Big Change (in stores July 14th). You can read her weekly blog encouragements and leadership tips on angelalcraig.com and on www.hervoiceblog.us, a blog specifically designed for women in leadership.
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