Use the oil that you have, and it’s ok to borrow the jars.
The oil, even if it’s a little, you have it. It’s the bottles that you need to borrow.
“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. 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.””
2 Kings 4:3-7 NIV
When God created each one of us, he created us in his own image. He spoke a blessing over each one of us and by his Spirit, He poured the oil in us. By His Spirit living in us, he enables the gifts that he has placed in us to be functional in order to fulfil the purpose he created us for.
You might think that what’s in you isn’t enough, but when you place the little in the hands of the one who created you, the one who placed that amount in you in the first place, you can’t stop his multiplication. Only you can limit the flow of the oil in you by the number of jars you bring before him to fill with what’s flowing from within you.
The woman in the scripture above had a little oil. She thought she had nothing. She brought it to the man who represented God and he gave her good advice. She and her sons went and borrowed jars from the neighbours, they shut themselves in away from the noise of the neighbourhood and got down to work. As long as the jars were there, the oil kept flowing. When there was no jar left, the oil stopped flowing. This family packaged what they had and God’s representative advised them to sell, pay off the debt and live off what was left!
The principle here was for the woman to make use of and better what she already had so it could be used by many people, and she in turn benefited from that exchange. She locked herself away to polish what she had.
You might have been hit hard by circumstances. You might have lost the sense of what you know God gifted you with. Circumstances might have brought you down, but there’s always bouncing back in God’s strength. That’s what I call resilience. Things might not be the same way as before, but hey, get up, dust yourself and continue your journey. Rest if you can, but never give up.
Whether you know it or you don’t, you have the oil. It’s because of that oil the enemy of your soul is seeking to destroy you.
The question is, what jars do you need to pour your oil into? What do you need to get your oil poured into the lives of those around you, your tribe? Could it be;
Re educating yourself
Shut yourself away and get insight from the master who has plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Use all the jars to allow the continuous pouring of the oil within you. Let it be multiplied then go and share it with the world in form of education. You will see where your impact lies. In shutting yourself away, don’t do it alone, shut yourself away with people that will be bringing jars to you for you to pour your oil into. In short, learn from others.
Have a blessed 2021!
Take action in 2021. Be the person to pour wealth into the lives of others.