It is difficult for us to put our lives, our will and worldly desires aside and hang on to Jesus as Elisha did with Elijah. Often times we let God aside to pursue our own goals and in the process forfeit His abundant blessings.
Our favorite verse in 2 Kings Chapter 2 is:
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. (2 Kings 2:9 NIV)
If you were ask this question, what would be your answer?
- Our desire should not bind us to worldly honors, or positions of self-glory here on earth.
- Elisha was chosen by God as Elijah’s helper. Through the different trials Elisha showed to be faithful to the task commanded. He was willing to do anything God may command, he did not turned away from even the most humble tasks and was faithful to every job regardless of its importance or size.
- When God chooses to retire those entrusted with His work, he provides guidance and strength to their successors, as long as these are willing to abide at His side. Those that come behind may be blessed with the benefit of experience.
Dear Father, in the same manner that Elisha ask Elijah, we also ask for a double portion of the Holy Spirit. We need your wisdom and guide in living our lives according to your will. Amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.