Don’t Run Empty!

NEVER RUN DRY!

During the days of Elijah — at a time when there was a great drought —
he met a widow who was gathering sticks in order to bake the last bit of
flour and oil she had. Elijah told her to first make him a little cake of
the flour and oil and then make some afterward for herself and her son. He
encouraged her that the jar of flour and the jug of oil WOULD NOT BE EMPTY
until the day God sent rain again. And it was so. (1 Kings 17:8-16)

During days of Elisha (who followed Elijah) there was a widow who was
threatened with having her two children taken to be the slaves of her
creditor. Having asked and found that the woman had nothing left but a jar
of oil in her house, Elisha told her to borrow empty vessels from all of her
neighbors — and not just a few — and then go in behind closed doors and
fill them. As long as she had empty vessels to fill, her jar of oil DID NOT
RUN OUT! (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Imagine, having a vessel (a container) that never ran dry! Every time we
needed to draw from its contents, there would be an ample supply! Would we
say it was a miracle? Would we believe God had to be involved in order for
it to be so?

A mother can give all her love to all her children without diminishing
the love she also has for her husband. She can give and give from what would
seem to be a BOTTOMLESS WELL OF LOVE. Think of our own love that we have for
family and for others. Can we not be such a vessel when God is involved in
our life; as we acknowledge HIS NEVER ENDING LOVE for us? (note Psalm
103:17)

Someone has said, “The ultimate miracle of love is this — that love is
given to us to give to one another.” [original source unknown]

John stated. . .
“(19) WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.” (1 John 4:19 ESV)

Do we know THAT LOVE? Are we experiencing THAT LOVE? Is THAT LOVE
filling our life in such a way that we can continue to draw from it to
extend it to others? To “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”
we “may BE FILLED with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19 ESV) and one
aspect of the essence of GOD IS LOVE. (1 John 4:8) Therefore, as GOD
CONTINUES TO LOVE US, we should HAVE AMPLE LOVE FOR OTHERS as well. LOVE is
an essential ingredient of life! To His glory, let us be a vessel of GOD’S
LOVE that never runs dry because we are allowing Him to fill us.

Have a great day AS AN OPEN CONTAINER OF CHRISTIAN LOVE!

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~ by ubcky4 on May 20, 2010.

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