Misfit To Mighty

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Luke 14:27-28 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”

Matthew 13:44-46 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

1 Kings 17 & 18
Ahab was a bad king. Things were bad in Israel. Hearts were right away from God. Worshipped idols, married Jezebel, worse than other kings.

God sent famine. No water or dew. Everything was dying.

One year.

Then two.

Then three.

Things were desperate.

1 Kings 18:21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.

As the world gets darker, they try to heal the pain.

They hurt themselves.

All the while Israel watches on.

We have to do more than watch on.

1 Kings 18:30-34

Why pour water over the Offering?

Where did the water come from?

I’ve been to Mt Carmel, there are no rivers nearby.
Even if there was it would have dried up. There was famine.

Where did the water come from?
It came from the people.
They had water with them. Their drinking water.

God needs your water. He needs what is precious to you. He needs your, “But what ifs.” He needs you to trust.

Peter said, “I’ve been fishing all night, but if you say so, I’ll throw my net to the other side.”

Mary said, “I may be mocked and ridiculed but I am going to pour out my most expensive possession on the feet of Jesus. It’s not a waste. It is an Offering.”

The widow of Zarephath said, “I don’t have enough food to even feed me an my son, but I’ll trust you, Elijah.”

David, after his mighty men – men who were “losers and misfits” – (1 Samuel 22) risked their lives to bring him water from the well near Bethlehem, said, “This water is as precious as the blood of these men, I cannot drink it. Once you were too consumed with yourself to do anything for me. See how your lives have changed. I will pour this out as an Offering to the Lord because He transformed you from loser to mighty.” (1 Chronicles 11:17-19)

Some are on the edge of becoming mighty. Risk your life. Give until it hurts.

Elijah wasn’t the only gutsy one in this story.

The last drops of water in Israel were poured out as an Offering to the Lord.

Then the fire.

Then the rain.

Rain is coming, but you have to release everything you have left. If you want abundance, release what is in your hand.

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