Summary: Great things don’t come easy, we’ve got to strive hard to attain them! Are you hearing please?Come on, be feisty, gutsy, dig in hard, and don’t give up!
2 King 2:10” And he said, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so."
Hey friend, Great things don’t come easy, we’ve got to strive hard to attain them! Are you hearing please? I’m not talking about living in debts, I’m not talking about living in sin, I’m not talking about living mediocre Christian life without power, I’m not talking about living in a strife- filled home filled with war, I’m not talking about accepting sickness and failure; but I’m today talking about COMING OUT OF THEM! Hurray! It is possible through Jesus Christ who will empower you! (Philippians 4:13)
Elisha began his ministry as Prophet Elijah’s student and personal attendant but he kept working hard; he was humble, honest, faithful and committed. He was referred as “Elisha the son of Shaphat, one who poured water on the hands of Elijah."(2 King 3:11) Friend, you would be remembered for your good work if you stay faithful! The HR department would preserve your records, your supervisor would remember your good works, your commitment and dedication would be recognized; if not now, I repeat if not now, you would surely reap blessings soon. I say this because, at times, you may not see rewards for your work immediately, but if you stay committed to God and your work, mark my words – blessings would come! I remember a day, when I went wandering on the road looking out for books that would teach me how to succeed. That was a time in my career when I was going through severe humiliation, rejection and loneliness, I just cannot explain my pain in words – it was enormous! However, after salvation, I continued in the same department for another five years without much improvement in my career but my spiritual life was zooming high. God’s purpose in my life was different! Stay sincere and patient!
Elisha humbly served Prophet Elijah but did not desire to remain so; are you listening? He kept learning, serving and growing. Elijah tested his faith when he said “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you!” You got to pursue your goal fiercely! Are you listening? Elijah was immensely impressed and he knew his time of departure was also nearing, hence he asked Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me." Wow! Dare to ask! Now, you don’t get ‘such’ precious stuff for nothing! God does not pour down His anointing on someone who sleeps till 8 am. This comes prophetically to someone out there! God cannot throw his mantle on someone who bickers all the time and behaves brashly. Elijah said: ‘If you see me go, you would get that anointing!’ In other words, Elijah said, ‘stay focused till the end!’ Hard things come the hard way! Elisha sticks close to Elijah until finally he saw Elijah being taken! Glory to Jesus! With faith Elisha picks up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Elisha now gets ready to do what his master did earlier, he took the cloak of Elijah and struck the water, when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. Move forward! Pursue! Achieve!