“But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son.” – 1 Kings 17:13 NLT
One of thee most famous scriptures in the Bible is Matthew 6:33 and at some point in your frustrations, a pastor must have told you about it. We often hear about this scripture when life has humbled us and our own plans just don’t seem to be yielding the desired result. Then someone comes and tells you how you need to be seeking GOD first. As a Christian, I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t take kindly to someone quoting this scripture to me because a part of me felt like I’m being accused of not loving GOD enough and only seeking for my own pleasures. In the above scripture, the widow and the child were in a dire situation, they were preoccupied with survival and weren’t really ready to be serving GOD. What I love most about it is that in serving the prophet she was serving GOD. As a result of this sacrifice and service, her needs were fully met. Her breakthrough came after she put the needs of the kingdom first.
As Christians, we always plead with GOD that He may bless us so that we can be a blessing to others because our motives are noble. We promise that the riches or prosperity will be used in the service of GOD, eg. “GOD with my first million I will buy a bus for the ministry so that we can transport visitors. It’s not acceptable for your people to be using public transport”. We want the breakthrough first and then we will serve GOD afterward. Like the widow in Zarephath, we lack discernment that GOD occupies His mind with those who occupy theirs with His kingdom. When we fully give ourselves over to His service GOD meets all of our needs. The problem is we want blessings on our own terms and expect GOD to follow our lead. The Philippians (Philippians 4:14-17) are a perfect model of Christians who put the needs of the kingdom first. In verse 13 Paul explains how they were concerned about his needs and shared in his troubles, as a result, he prayed that more may be added/credited to their account. In verse 19 he assured them (he didn’t hope this would happen, he knew it would) that GOD will meet all of their needs because they concerned themselves with what concerns the father.
There are many examples in the Bible about people who sacrificed and served the LORD and as a result, GOD blessed them abundantly. A baren woman (1 Samuel 1:10-11) prayed for a son and in exchange made an oath to offer him to the LORD. She didn’t promise the second born but made the ultimate sacrifice with no promise of other kids. Yet the LORD came through abundantly for her. The secret in the kingdom is to offer everything to the LORD (eg service/sacrifice) and GOD who is faithful and just will meet all of your needs and more. It all begins with serving Him wholeheartedly and putting His kingdom first.
There are many examples in the Bible about people who sacrificed and served the LORD and as a result, GOD blessed them abundantly