I’m sure I’m not the only person that has watched the catchy commercial with the phrase that asks “What’s in your wallet?” In this commercial for a credit card it asks the audience this question to get people to think about what is in their wallets. What is in your wallet?
In 2 Kings 4 there is a famous story of a widow. She had run to Elisha because her husband’s creditors are coming to take her sons into slavery. Evidently they had owed some money that she had no way of paying it back. I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it would be to be faced with having people coming to enslave my children. She was desperate. Perhaps she was a little angry and frustrated too. Elisha asks her what she has in her house. She responds by saying, “(Vs2) Your maidservant has nothing but a jar of oil.” She probably thought the oil was so insignificant and truly she thought there was no way God could use the little bit of anything she had in her home. However, a miracle happened. Elisha told her to go and get a pot or vessel from everyone she knew and to fill up the containers. The miracle was that her ‘bit’ of oil multiplied. She was able to sell the oil, pay off her debt, and keep her children. How beautiful must that scene have been as it played out? A woman who was losing her legacy, and losing her children now would one day hold her grandchildren close to her. She’d see her sons become men. The whole family was restored.
So many times people look at their own gifting and talents the same as that widow did about the oil. They think their talents are so insignificant that they almost don’t even want to mention them. They almost feel embarrassed because they seem so small in the midst of so much need.
Many years ago I was cleaning with a group of people at an inner city park, and I was arguing with God internally at the same time. I knew he’d called me into ministry, but I was one person. I kept trying to tell God that there was so much on the earth that needed done, and so many people that needed to hear his gospel. What was one little ‘insignificant kid from small town USA’ going to be able to accomplish? As I grumbled on the inside my mother started to talk to two little girls. They were chattering and smiling as they swung higher on the swings. I watched the beauty of their giggles, and looked around me. The park had broken bottles everywhere. I wanted to cry. This was normal for these sweet girls. As I continued my one sided argument with God, I found myself picking up the glass the best I could. Suddenly I stopped and looked at one jagged green piece. The sound of those girls’ laughter was echoing in my ears and it was as if the Holy Spirit shook me and dropped into my spirit. “This piece of glass will never end up in that child’s knee.” I held the green glass to the light and could see it sparkle in the sun. I knew what God was trying to say to me. My contribution wasn’t meaningless. God could use me, and to those little girls that one piece of glass would never be a problem. I stopped arguing with God about pursuing ministry after that day. Sure there have been times I’ve wondered how everything would come to pass, but I knew that day God got my attention.
What is in your wallet? What are the talents God has given you? What is that small contribution that you feel doesn’t mean anything? I assure you no matter how small something may seem to you, God can use it for many. What about the loaves and fishes in the New Testament? God took what seemed to be so small and fed 5,000 plus people. That widow’s oil seemed so minor, but to that family it meant so much more. What are you holding back today? It’s time to quit holding back. God is in the multiplication business. If you give it over to God, watch what He can do! God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!
Anna M. Aquino is a published author, guest minister, and the online show host of ‘Real Solutions with Anna Aquino.’ Her books ‘Cursing the church or Helping it?’ , ‘Confessions of a Ninja Mom’ and ‘An Ember In Time’ are available wherever books are sold. Please feel free to check out her website at www.annamaquino.com