Emerge Devotion No. 9
“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” (2 Kings 2:9, NKJV)
It is often thought that Elisha wanted a ministry twice as great as Elijah’s when he uttered the words, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
Actually, he was simply asking to carry on Elijah’s ministry. As with the culture, inheritance law assigned a double portion to the firstborn.
“But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.” (Deuteronomy 21:17, NKJV)
Let the response given by Elisha speak into your heart today.
Elisha had the opportunity to receive from the great prophet Elijah of “anything you ask”—blessings, riches, anointing, recognition or fame. Yet Elisha simply wanted as what The Message Bible stated so succinctly and powerfully in 2 Kings 2:9,
“Elisha said, “Your life repeated in my life. I want to be a holy man just like you.”
How passionately do you long to continue in the style and character of your Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, who walked on this earth?
We’ve had amazing spiritual encounters in Emerge (individually and corporately) as well as the privilege to participate and witness the harvesting of hundreds of souls during the Easter weekend!
Everybody needs Jesus! And we always need to share the Good News to the lost!
But let us also be marked first as a GENERATION that wants Jesus! To be known as God-chasers and worshippers that worship Him in spirit and in truth! To grow deeper and stronger in our intimacy and relationship with Him! Let us pursue Him like never before; to love and worship Him more than we did yesterday! And that will be how the lost will see the love of God in a personal and relevant way!
When we want Jesus more than we “need” Jesus, we will be able to begin to see His LIFE repeated in our lives; to follow in the style and character of our Master just like Elisha did with Elijah!
Coincidently, the Old Testament recorded that while Eljiah had 14 documented miraculous signs and wonders, Elisha had exactly twice of that in the 28 miracles he performed in his ministry!
Let us make this our daily prayer and desire: to know (experientially) Him and make Him known.
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)
There is no higher pursuit in life than the pursuit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!