Summary: As he followed Prophet Elijah, Elisha had every cause to be distracted. But he kept going. Elisha maintained an unbroken focus and he received the supernatural.
THE POWER OF UNBROKEN FOCUS
"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.” 10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over." 2 Kings 2:9-14.
Prophet Elijah’s time on earth had come to an end, but he was not going to die and be buried. God was taken him up into heaven. This revelation was made known to Elijah, Elisha, and the other prophets. But only Elisha followed him to the place where he will be taken up. Elijah told him three times to stay behind and stop following, yet he continued. Each time he was told to wait, he pushed on. Elisha was determined and focused. His target was a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. Though Elisha made the requests to Elijah, but only God could raise prophets and anoint them with power needed for a fruitful ministry. God gave Elisha what he requested for: the double portion.
Do you long to see God move in great power? If so, then get focused and stay focused. It would have been easier for Elisha to have stayed in one of the town they passed through, but had he stopped along the way, he would never have received the blessings he desired and desperately needed. He had every reason to be discouraged and distracted, but he kept going. Elisha maintained an unbroken focus. And the same company of prophets who had mocked him, gathered to celebrate him on his way back. 2 Kings 2:15-16.
"Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you." Proverbs 4:25.
Focus is the ability to define a single goal and concentrate on achieving it.
WE ARE ON A MISSION!
Each one of us is on a mission. We’re all on a journey. We are headed somewhere. Do you know where you are going? Until you know your purpose or where you are going, you will be a permanent student in the school of diversion. A diversion is to turn aside from the intended direction. It is a deviation or deflection from set goals or purpose. A diversion is to abandon a path that is to be followed. It is to be side-tracked. A diversion is a detour. It is a manoeuvre of the enemy to turn your focus away from your assignment or purpose. A diversion is something intended to take your attention away from the main road. It is is a change of direction. Life is full of diversion! The ultimate agenda of diversion is to remove you far away from God and to ensure that His purpose is aborted.
THE PROBLEM OF BROKEN FOCUS:
Focus helps you to direct the energy of your life for higher impact. The power to endure obstacles is in your ability to focus on the final glory. A man on a mission is a man of vision. Vision is what you focus on. It is being able to see the sunshine in the rain. Vision is seeing the future before it comes. It is the key to your tomorrow. Vision is the bridge between the now and then. A man or woman who is on a mission cannot be distracted. When you focus your mind on your vision, you conserve your energies and not waste them on irrelevant things. There is an incredible power within a focus that is unbroken. It strengthens your faith! A church with unbroken focus has greater impacts. The success of your ministry, business, marriage, or career depends on the focus you put into it.
The blessings of being focused?
1. You are quicker.
2. Focus makes you to be more productive.