What do you have in your house?

we have the potential within us to overcame the great difficulties facing our lives

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2 Kings 4:1-7 

This passage in the bible tells the story of a widow with two sons. When a creditor comes to her house demanding that she pay an impossible debt, she must seek help from the prophet Elisha.

This is how Elisha responds, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” The widow replies that she has nothing except a small jar of olive oil. “Go around and ask all your neighbours for empty jars. Don’t ask for a few…” is Elisha’s response. The widow does as told and the remarkable thing is that she pours out the oil into every jar that she got until there are no more jars to fill. She is able to get out of deb from selling this oil.

Potential energy

Oil is significant in this story because it represents potential energy. We all have some potential energy in the form of talent and ability. What is remarkable about this energy is that when yo start using it, it grows even more.

It may look to you as if your gift is small or insufficient from where you’ve bottled it up. Whatever it is that is seemingly impossible now will be overcome by pouring out your oil.That elusive job that you’re looking for or that business that you want to start but have no money; find opportunities to showcase your skill at community level. Go to your school, church, neighbourhood…you never know who may be watching. Don’t be afraid to ask for that opportunity. Borrow capital from friends and family to start that business you have bottled up. You may never know the power of that gift until you have started to pour it out. Do not be afraid to ask for more bottles. How much you can do is only limited by your imagination.

What do you have in your house that could change your life? Share in your comments. 

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