August 28, 2017
Read: 2 Kings 2:1-12
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Scripture- 2 Kings 2:9- When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”
Observations- Elijah is about to carried off to heaven in death, and Elisha asks his mentor for one more growth opportunity before he goes. Elisha wants to serve God as well as and in even better ways than his teacher, not for personal glory, but because it is good, right, and honorable.
Application- Here is a relationship that worked- as mentor and student, Elijah and Elisha honored God, their best selves, and one another. God told Elijah in his depression one key for moving forward was taking on the responsibility of training Elisha (the next generation) in the ways of being a prophet. Who are your mentors? Who are you mentoring to make sure we honor the "faith once delivered?" (Jude 1:3)
Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for the people who have poured generously into me to help me grow in my faith, hope, and love. Help me be a good mentor to those coming behind me to honor and proclaim Your truth and grace. Help us be the kind of church that takes this task seriously for Your glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13),