Today’s Scripture: 2 Kings 4:7; John 10:10; Ephesians 3:20
After Elisha instructed the widow to sell the oil and pay her debts, he told her, “You and your sons can live on what is left.” Oil was an important commodity in those days. Besides daily consumption, it was used when offering sacrifices, it fueled lamps, and it served as a lubricant and a medication. This mother and her sons would have no problem selling the oil. And when they depleted their inventory, the profit from the sales would keep them going for years to come.
Jesus said he came to give life in abundance—life to the full. A closer look at the word “abundance” in Greek means believers would continuously have life. So, John 10:10 could read, “I came in order that they [believers] might continuously have life, even that they may continuously have it all-around.”
Elisha—God my salvation—did more than help the widow and her sons pay their debt. He gave provision for a lifetime. Abundant living.
This week our church sign reads, “Jesus paid the price. You get to keep the change.” Christ our salvation didn’t just meet an immediate need by paying our debt of sin. He transforms us so the price paid once and for all will give us continuous abundant life.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
- How has the Lord changed your life? Are you living in abundance, or do you feel obligated to pay the debt for past wrong-doings? Remember—God your salvation already paid the price. Now live life to the fullest.
- How will your relationship with the Lord be different after this week’s quest?