Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil." II Kings 4:2
A widow of the sons of the prophets was destitute, with no livelihood, and the creditors were coming to take her sons as slaves. The situation was hopeless, or so it looked in the natural, but with God all things are possible! Elisha told her to give her way out of her situation by taking the last bit of oil she possessed and pour it into empty vessels borrowed from her neighbors.
In order for one to be fruitful with that which God has supplied, one has to give it away to others and He will fulfill His promise and greatly multiply your gift! This principal applies to money, food, and for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into the empty vessels that you reap in the harvest of souls for the kingdom. The widow obeyed and poured the last of her oil into the vessels and the oil began to multiply until all the vessels were full, and there was enough to pay her creditors and enough left over for her and her sons to live on.
Elisha could have just given her the money to pay her debt, but he acted on the principals of sowing and reaping and taught her a valuable lesson for her and her sons to live by. Many times we too just write a check, when we should be teaching people to live by kingdom principals. It is like the old adage, give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.
Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another vessel." So the oil ceased. II Kings 4:6
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin