Give What You Got | Summary and Reflection

“I am coming back to the heart of worship

And it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus

I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it

When it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.”

Matt Redman

LORD, I am so sorry for making church a habit instead of a time to seek You and worship You. LORD, I am sorry when praying is only part of a “to do list” instead of sitting at your feet listening to You. I am sorry when reading Your Word is an exercise in moving my eyes over the words instead of desiring to learn more of you and to connect more with You. Please forgive me.

That was how the 8:30 service began on Sunday. The Spirit moved as we sang. Pastor Josiah obeyed the LORD and let us ponder the meaning of lyrics “I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it.”

Pastor Josiah’s message entitled “Give What I Got” is based on the passage from 2 Kings 4:1-7, which deals with poor widow whose husband was a prophet and the creditor, who was going to enslave her sons. As he shared the details of the passage, we learned how to apply it.

2 Kings 4:2 (NKJV) sets the stage for the sermon.

“So Elisha said to her, ’What shall I do for you?

Tell me, what do you have in your house?’

And she said, ’Your maid servant has nothing

in the house but a jar of oil.’”

The first point to the passage is “What we see as insignificant, God sees as potential washed in faith." Our perspective is different from the LORD’s. Think of Moses and how he argued with the LORD that he could not speak. The LORD chose Moses to speak to Pharaoh to let His people go, and Moses said, "I can’t.” But God…. He used Moses and Aaron to warn Pharoah, who eventually released the Israelites. When the Israelites came up to the Red Sea, they complained and cried out that it would have been better to die in Egypt. But God…. He instructed the Israelites to move forward and for Moses to stretch forth his staff. Because they stepped out in faith, the LORD opened up the Red Sea, and they walked on dry land to the other shore. God can use our “only” if we mix it with faith in Him, trust in Him. “Be careful not to discount what God has given you,” for we can step into what God has for us. Pastor asked, “What do you have in you that has been dormant?”

In 2 Kings 4:3-4 the plot thickened as Elisha instructed the woman to

“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 one is filled, put it to one side.” (NIV)

To accomplish what Elisha instructed her to do, the woman had to humble herself and ask the neighbors for any extra jars. Can you imagine how the neighbors reacted as she came to their doors or looked over the fences? She had to humble herself to ask for jars she did not have. The woman had to mix faith and humility in order to obey Elisha’s instructions. For us when we hear the best messages, take great notes and store them in our Bibles, what have we done? Nothing. We become complacent. We need to move when the Holy Spirit nudges us like He nudged Pastor Josiah’s Tio (Spanish for uncle) who obeyed the Spirit when He told him to pull over after a motorcyclist “flipped him off” and then parked by the side of the road. His Tio pulled over, and the biker thought he wanted to fight. His Tio said that the biker needed to get to go to Colorado to see his daughter who would be healed. Pastor’s Tio did not know the man but obeyed the Spirit’s nudges. James said it this way “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:17 (NLT) “The partnership proves the heart.” When we obey the Spirit, that obedience and action reveal our hearts. Also, God only shows us the next step so follow the breadcrumbs He leaves for you.

The final verses of the passage are from 2 Kings 4:5-7 (NIV)

“So she did as she was told. Her sons kept

bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another.

Soon every container was full to the brim!

‘Bring me another jar,’ she said to one of her sons.

‘There aren’t anymore!’ he told her.

And then the oil stopped flowing.”

“The oil ceased at the extent of her preparation,” stated Pastor Josiah. As long as there were empty jars, the oil flowed. With the filled jars, the poor widow was able to get out of debt and to live. Jehovah Jireh provided and answered her prayers. We need to steward the oil He has given us. We need to use it well as “We’re being prepared for an outpouring.” And we need to get ready for that outpouring. The way we get ready is to “Step into worship with an extravagant spirit.” Pray with an extravagant spirit. “The blessing far outweighs the inconvenience.” The Spirit of God is in us and wants to equip us if we just let Him.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer

I who live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live, in this earthly

body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave

himself for me.”

We need to obey and use what we have. Just give Him your time, attention, prayers, dance, voice. Give what you have! Give what you’ve got. Be salt and light to a dying world.

Written by Larry and Annette Linthicum

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