For what purpose has Jesus taken hold of you in this season of life? Will you ask him for a double portion of the Spirit to achieve it? Find that thing and take hold of it with faith. For God has given us all a purpose and is working to prepare us for our purpose today!
1 When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
3 The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”
“Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”
4 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”
And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.
5 The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”
“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”
And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.
7 Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9 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.
10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”
11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.
15 The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.”
2Kings 2:1-12, 15
When it was time (in God’s eyes) to take Elijah from this earth, the Lord sent him from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to the Jordan river. In each place, the company of prophets greeted them and knew these were Elijah’s last days. They were concerned for his apprentice, Elisha, who already knew the sad truth that, for him, he would lose his mentor.
To whom are you passing the baton? Are you equipping someone to take your responsibilities when you move on? You may not be taken up to heaven on a chariot of fire, yet you may move to a new job or a new ministry or a new place. Who will take your place?
How about you? From whom are you learning? Are you apprenticing under someone to learn a craft or a trade? Are you a student of leadership under the wisdom and guidance of another?
Do you realize how important it is for you to absorb and embrace the lessons of your journeyman mentor?
What am I preparing for? What does the future hold? We do not get to know many of these answers when we desire to understand. We often must walk a line of faith, seeking to be ready for the unknown and trusting that God will reveal it to us at the proper time.
I was talking some of my kids about this last weekend. For me, the words of Paul in Philippians 3:12 are critical in these times. Paul knew he hadn’t reached his own goals as a mentor or a student. He desired to be Christ-like and could see his path was still long ahead. He said, though, full of faith and determination, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me…”
For what purpose has Jesus taken hold of you in this season of life? Will you ask him for a double portion of the Spirit to achieve it? Find that thing and take hold of it with faith.
God has a plan for you, young Elisha.