by Col Larry Simpson, USAF (Ret.)
“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).
Elisha’s request prompts me to ask myself: How far am I willing to go with God? Elijah’s successor was willing to go all the way and beyond. What can we glean from Elisha’s request for “a double portion” as it relates to Christian leadership?
First, Elisha’s bold request reminds me that God always has a plan for the continuance of His mission.
Second, God’s work does not cease with key personnel turnover. You will recall:
- Moses led Israel out of captivity, but it was Joshua who led them into the promised land.
- David had a desire for a temple dedicated to God, but it was Solomon who built it.
- Various kings before Asa did not remove idols from the land, but Asa, king of Judah took courage and removed the detestable idols from the whole land” (2 Chronicles 15:8).
As you consider Elisha’s request, does it rise up in you, as it does in me, to avoid using expressions such as “indispensable and irreplacable” when it comes to turnover in personnel or volunteers?
Completion of God’s mission is not up for grabs or personality dependent. God’s mission is enduring and we, as leaders, might consider asking Him to provide replacements that possess a “double portion” to help carry out the mission He has given us to do.
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