Elijah walked past the country house on numerous occasions and it was not unnoticed by one woman.
And she said to her husband, “Look now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lamp stand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” 2 Kings 4:9
When she perceived that Elijah’s was a man of God she made him a room. She thought “Here is a man from God that we should receive into our life. Let us make room for him.”
Making room for our ministers is something we all should do. Ministry is based on perception. How people perceive us. In some cites Jesus could not do any great miracles because the people there didn’t perceive Jesus to be a Man from God whereas a roman Legionnaire got a miracle from Jesus. He perceived that Jesus was from God and miracles flowed. Many other who could “see” were saved and healed and delivered.
Our ministry effectiveness is determined by what others perceive us to be. If people don’t perceive you to be a man or women of God at work they won’t be open to hearing what you have to say. Before the Samaritan woman at the well received a changed life from Jesus, she first perceived he was a Prophet. And if we don’t perceive what God was put inside brothers and sisters we will not take anything away from the well. When “brother Bill” comes to speak or share and we think it is just brother Bill, we can go home with our bucket empty. We have to perceive our brother as a vessel from God! For this reason we are blessed when we value the calling on our minister or pastor.
Friend, the perception you have of the men and women of God in your life is the bucket that we use to draw Gods water from the well for your-self. Our capacity to perceive is our capacity to receive.