ELISHA (Pt.2)

“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” (2 Kings 2:11 NIV).

 A LEGACY

Today as family, friends, leaders of nations from around the world both mourn the loss and celebrate the life and ministry of Dr. Myles Munroe. It is appropriate to pause to ask, “What does it mean when a great man has been taken suddenly from us? And further, what will we do with the LEGACY that was left in earth?”

A WHIRLWIND

It is appropriate that we are reflecting at this moment on Elisha. And, no doubt, the story of Elijah and Elisha is one of the best-known stories in the Bible. Elisha, the prophet, reminds us that when the prophet Elijah went up in a whirlwind and the chariot of fire he did not go with the mantle. The mantle was a symbol of his ministry. All that was in the mantle of Elijah was returned to the earth in order for Elisha to pick it up and advance the LORD God of Elijah’s purpose.

PURPOSE

LexicEN Lite Dictionary defines Purpose as: “An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions…the quality of being determined to do or achieve something”. Purpose is what we embrace to pursue our destiny. But our purpose cannot be embraced until our true identity is owned. It is what spurs us own to fulfill our destiny. Destiny awaits those who can recognize the moment, like Elisha; in seeing Elijah “going up” was not an ultimate loss but a gain. It was not the end of a relationship with his master but the extension of all the years in which he had served, “pouring water on the man of God’s hands”. It was his reward of the double-portion for him because he chose to stay close by Elijah’s side while others (“the sons of the prophet”) tried to separate him from “the master”(Read 2 Kings 2). But Elisha as a faithful servant proved that he qualified as a “faithful son”. He stayed close to Elijah and recognized that his true relationship was in the Spirit. This truth was revealed later to the apostle Paul; that true fellowship is a Spirit-Reality. “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit”(1 Corinthians 6:17 NIV).

A SERVANT BUT NOT A SON

Elisha does not cry out for his master. Rather he senses the change and moment in the Spirit. He cried out, as Elijah is departing, “My father, my father!”(2 Kings 2:12).

Elisha as “a true son” of Elijah did not miss the moment nor it’s message. He saw Elijah “go up” but he also saw “the mantle fall down”(2 Kings 2:13-14). He wasted no time on that which seemingly was lost for he knew that the fellowship he had with his master was really an oneness of spirit. Yeshua (Jesus) assured his disciples as they were saddened by the thought of his departure back to the Father that they were not “orphans” in this world. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” (John 14:16-20 NASB).

STAND ON THE SHOULDERS

Myles Munroe, like Elijah, embodied the Spirit of the Father. He had a clear sense that his purpose was to inspire, train and impart a kingdom vision to the next generation. We must recognize that this moment is like no other moment. We must not squander nor bury our talents in the ground (Read Matthew 25:14-30). As Myles often said “Most of the wealth and potential of the world is buried in cemeteries…. Why? Because most people never used their gifts, talents or callings to make a difference the world while they lived”.

Recognized your God-given identity and call. Use the opportunities given to influence the course and destiny of a nation(s) for good and the glory of God. Embrace the word given through the prophet Jeremiah as a word for us (and through us) today, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

May the memory of the righteous life of Dr. Myles Munroe be sweet.

 

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