|“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. -2 Kings 2:9
Elisha was a man that was hungry for all that God had for him. 1 Kings 19:19-21 tells us about his call. He was plowing his father’s fields when Elijah came up to him and just literally threw his cloak around him, in other words, telling him, ‘Follow me.’ Elisha said goodbye to his family and immediately followed Elijah. While he walked with Elijah as his protégé, I believe that he noticed something in Elijah that he desired. He had watched Elijah pray, perform miracles, go through situations that required avid faith, and so on, and he wanted the same spirit to rest on him.
During one last mission, it was apparent that the Lord was going to take Elijah, and even though Elisha knew this, he was determined to follow Elisha until the end. The Lord sent Elijah to four different places (Gilgal –a place of beginnings, Bethel – a place of worship/dreams, Jericho – a place of victory, and Jordan – a place of death) and before he left for each place, he said to Elisha, ‘Stay here…,’ but Elisha responded each time saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ Another important point to note is that as they arrived in each place, a company of prophets came to Elisha to remind him that his master would be taken from him today, perhaps trying to convince him to stay with them and leave him alone, but Elisha was determined to stay with him to the end.
Before Elijah was finally taken away, he asked Elisha to make one last request, and the above verse was his final request. To that, Elijah responded, “You have asked a difficult thing, yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours –otherwise not.” I believe that he was in essence saying that Elisha would receive his request if he stayed faithful to the end.
I always wondered whether or not Elisha’s request was a bit selfish, but after much thought, I realized that he did not ask for popularity, power, or wealth, instead, he asked for a double portion of his spirit, that is, a spirit of faith, obedience, perseverance, courage, long suffering, patience, etc. And perhaps since he thought so highly of Elijah, he might have figured that he needed more of the spirit to be able to accomplish what his master did. He recognized that the spirit that lived within Elijah was what made him a great leader, and since the torch was going to be passed to him, he wanted to make sure that he was properly equipped to fulfill God's call on his life. This tale is very similar to that of Jesus and his disciples, don’t you think? (Read the gospels, specifically John 15 & 16)
What is the Lord’s call on your life? What desires has the Lord placed on your heart? Where are you in your walk with the Lord? Do you desire a double portion? Then I challenge you to resolve to follow Christ until the end. Resolve that you will not leave Him to settle in any of the places that you follow Him through. Your journey will probably take you through Gilgals, Bethels, Jerichos, and Jordans, but I challenge you to continue to say as Elisha said, as long as the Lord lives, I will not leave You Lord! You will probably encounter people that will try to cut in and discourage your walk with the Lord, but I challenge you ignore them and continue to follow hard after Christ.
Dear friends, this world is in desperate need of Elishas that are willing to take up the cross and fulfill The Great Commission (see Matt. 28:16-20). If the Lord is calling you today, I challenge you to request a double portion of the Spirit that rested on Him and follow hard after Him till the very end. Do not let Him go until He blesses you.
Grace and peace be with you.
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