In the Kingdom of God, in the life of the church, there are seasons when the Spirit is being poured out in abundance.
2 Kings 4 (NIV)
The Widow’s Olive Oil
4 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.”
2 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.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 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.”
5 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.
7 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.”
This story of blessing and provision is miraculous and a powerful testimony of God’s love for widows and orphans. But I also see an analogy to the outpouring of the Spirit in the church.
We know oil is often used as a representation for the anointing, for Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is being poured out among us. I believe as long as we come hungry (having room for more) the fire of God will continue to fall, the Glory of God will continue to manifest among us, Holy Spirit will continue to come upon us in power.
Now when the jars were filled with oil they did not just leave it on the shelf and marvel at it they used the oil to gain what they needed. When we are filled, touched, anointed, blasted, drunken, broken and humbled when the Spirit comes upon us, it is for a purpose. We must take the oil and share it with others. Tell them what the Lord has done.
What we talk about will manifest. If we go around talking about our problems, our problems gain strength and will dominate our thinking, squeezing out what God is doing. If however, we talk about what God did, what God is doing, what God is going to do then that is what will manifest.
Share the good news with others, pray for them and with them. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the fields. The fields are white ready for harvest. Invite folks to come and receive from the Lord. We have a treasure. Holy Spirit is moving in our midst how shall we respond? We have what the world needs. Let them know Living God is with us, among us and upon us.
Do not be nonchalant about the Glory of God. The Father loves us so much He is pouring out what you both see and feel.
Come expecting to receive more from the Lord so you can share with others. Heal the sick, raise the dead, set at liberty those who are oppressed. You have permission to be His missionaries right where you are. Fuego, Fuego, Fuego! More Lord!