I was watching a message that Bishop T.D. Jakes gave at the C3 Conference in 2009. He was talking about the widow with the jar of oil in 2 Kings 4. He made a point about pouring yourself out, not holding anything back, and letting it flow.
This woman was in dyer need. The only thing she had left in order to pay off a debt was a jar of oil. She went to the prophet Elisha for help and he told her to borrow all the jars she could and pour out the oil she had into them. As long as she still had jars to fill, the oil kept flowing. She ended up pouring out all she had, filled up all the jars she had borrowed, and still had oil left over in her original jar.
This is an illustration of how we are to pour out into others. Paul writes “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (See 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV) We are the jar filled with oil, and in order for the oil to flow, we must not hold back but pour ourselves out into others.
The anointing flows from the head down. The oil flows from vessel to vessel. The flow started with Jesus. John records it here “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” (See John 19:34 NIV)
The problem we have is that we want to keep the anointing all to ourselves. We become basins only being poured into never pouring out into others. We stop the flow instead of keeping it going. We need to become streams of living water being poured into and pouring out, keeping a constant flow.
Don’t hold onto the anointing any longer. Don’t stop the oil from being poured out. Let it flow!