Two friends, John and Bismark, were given an opportunity to travel for their Master’s degree in Computer engineering in a reputable institution. Getting to their institution, John quickly jumped into his books and focused only on his studies; nothing else mattered. The other friend, Bismark, made time for religious activities, social events, attended parties of friends as well as made time for his books. After their two years of study, they both graduated with honors. However, an opportunity was given for a graduate position in a reputable software company. Going through all the various stages of recruitment, Bismark was given the position. When John asked why he was not chosen, he was told that Bismark’s certificate had some transferable skills the company needed of which he did not have. Bismark had utilized all the resources that were available unto him to get the abundance that He wanted.
8. Utilize all the resources
Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.2 Kings 4:4b (NIV)
The widow was asked by the prophet Elisha to pour the oil into all the jars and when each one is full, she should set it aside. The empty jars were her potential and capacity to get the abundance. As we learnt in the past series, the amount of empty jars she could get determined how much abundance she could get. After getting those jars, irrespective of the number, she should fill all of them with the little oil that she had. She was to make good use of all her resources that were available unto her.
Many of us waste the resources on things that are not very productive. We waste our time, money and other precious resources on things that does not help us achieve the purpose that God has called us into. There are some who are utilizing it for ‘good’ things, like reading, studying, amongst other things. However, they are utilizing it outside the intended purpose that it was meant for. The widow could have been filling the jars with water instead of oil, and that would not have yielded the abundance it was intended for.
Let us avoid wastages in the use of the resources, especially the leftovers from the abundance. When there is scarcity, we are quick to optimize the little that we have. However, when there is abundance, we tend to waste the leftovers. When Jesus fed the 5000 men and 4000 men (both excluding women and children), He always instructed the disciples to collect the leftovers. We need to develop the culture of avoiding wastages and optimise the use of the resources.
I thank you very much for the word You have sent to me today. I am grateful for all the resources You have made available unto me. I pray that You will grant me the grace to utilize the resources You have made available unto me. This and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!
If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and savior, I want to offer you the opportunity to do so. You may not be able to utilize your resources without Jesus, because He sustains all things by the powerful word of His mouth. Do you want to have a fellowship with Him? Say these words after me:
I thank you Father for sending your Son to die for me. I appreciate the free gift salvation that you offer me. I receive Christ Jesus as my Lord and personal savior. Please come and live through and in me as we fellowship together. In Jesus name I have prayed. AMEN!
If you said these words after me, welcome to the family of believers. Do find a Bible believing and Holy Spirit filled church to attend. God bless you and remain a blessing for doing so.
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