By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
The key to your blessing is your willingness to surrender whatever you have at the feet of Christ.
In 2 Kings 4 we read about the testimony of a woman who had reached a place of bankruptcy in her life. Her husband died and left her a widow, but he left her with a lot of debt, and the only thing that was left in her life was for her to throw herself upon the mercy of Elisha, the man of God.
When this widow came to the prophet Elisha, he asked her a question: “What do you have in your house?” The woman replied, “Your servant has nothing there at all . . . except a little oil” (2 Kings 4:2).
This woman could have easily said, “Oh, I have nothing. All I have is a bunch of bills,” not bothering to mention the oil because a drop of oil in a little jar couldn’t make a difference, could it? She could have easily rationalized that; we do that all the time. However, had she done that, she would have missed out on the blessings.
Elisha’s question has nothing to do with what you have. It even has nothing to do with what you give. It has everything to do with you being prevented from experiencing the blessings of God until you surrender whatever it is you are holding back.
When Elisha heard that the woman had a little oil, he thought, “Lady, you have everything.” That’s all you need. A drop of oil plus God equals untold blessings.
If you have turned your life over to Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God is within you, whatever you have is enough. When you surrender whatever you are holding back from Him, the Holy Spirit of God will use it to bless your life.
Prayer: Father, even though it may not seem like much, help me to surrender the things I’ve been holding back from You. Amen.
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).