The Less Of Self, The More Of Christ
The great battle the church has to fight today is the affirmation of self. This stands in the way of God using us as an instrument. Look at the way the prophet Elisha handled a good woman who was suffering from considerable poverty. The wife of a member of the company of prophets appealed to Elisha: 'My husband, your servant has died, and you know what a man he was. He feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two boys as slaves. 'Elisha said to her, 'How can I help you? Tell me what you have in the house.' 'Nothing at all,' she said, 'except a flask of oil' 'Go out then,' he said, 'and borrow vessels and pots from all your neighbors. Get as many empty ones as you can and when you come home, shut yourself in with your sons and pour from the flask into these vessels, and as they are filled, set them aside.' She left him and shut herself in with her sons, and they brought her the pots. She filled them, and when they were all full she said to one of her sons, 'Bring me another pot.' 'There is not one left,' he said. And the flow of the oil ceased. Why is it that some of us have more of Christ than others? Is it because Christ cannot get in? The more empty of self we are, the more he can fill us.