Gifted for Service

Jim Mead

READ : 2 Kings 2

“The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” (v. 15)

In an old joke, a boss politely fires an employee by telling him: “I don’t know how we’re going to make it without you, but starting next week we’re going to try.” God’s mysterious plan is the opposite. Though he could easily make it without us, instead he chooses providentially to include us among the many means he uses for achieving his purposes. Since God is intent on using us, our question becomes “how?” How can I do the work God has given me?

God’s desire is for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, and thus God wants his plans for us to succeed. Elisha, the chosen successor to Elijah, receives the elder son’s share of a double inheritance (v. 9; see Deuteronomy 21:17). God gives him “the spirit of Elijah,” enabling him to work prophetically, guiding Israel back from the brink of disaster. Elisha immediately shows he can bless with life in Jericho (v. 21) or discipline with judgment in Bethel (v. 24). He also learns that his real strength comes not from chariots and horses but only from the Spirit of God.

Through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit rests on us and works in us. How will we serve in the Spirit today?

PRAYER

Spirit of God, use the gifts you have given me to serve others, today.