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"And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so." (2 Kings 2:9, 10 KJV)
This scripture houses a very important lesson of responsiblity of our blessings. Just a quick backstory: Elijah, a prophet of God, filled with the anointing and power to do mighty wonders and miracles. Along the way he met Elisha and God charged Elijah with the responsiblity of mentoring Elisha. Elisha served Elijah with a spirit of excellence until the very end when Elijah was caught up in a worldwind and taken up into heaven.
Now the major point of this post is amplified in 2 Kings 2:9-10 where Elijah says to his spiritual son, (paraphase) "what is it that I shall do for you before I am taken away, what do you ask that I bless you with?" Elisha replies (paraphrase) "Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me, I want double of the power and anointing that God had given to you". Here is the highlighted point of this post: Elijah replies "Thou has asked a hard thing." The first thing that came to mind in this particular scripture is the word "Responsibility". This conversation between Elijah and Elisha teaches us that with blessing that we are asking God for comes with great responsibility. Responsibility means to be accountable to; properly handle that blessing and sometimes that responsibility is the hardest thing. The interesting is that responsibility shows a persons the true state a person's heart. Nothing is to hard for God to do for you but can you handle it; that is the true issue. Can you handle the pressure that comes along with the blessing; because attacks are going to come. Can you handle the accountability that comes along with the blessing; if God gave you $10 million will you tithe $1 million and then still give an obedient offering. Can you handle the natural feeling of loneliness that comes along with the blessing; because everybody is not going to like and cannot go where God wants to take you. Can you handle the hatred and still show the love of God. Is your character up to par to receive that blessing?
These are just a few of the many fascists of responsibility that comes with the blessing we are asking for. So as we seek God for our blessing let us not forget to pray for His mercy, His grace, His comfort, His guidance, a spirit of obedience, and to cast down our flesh resisting all lustful desires.
"...From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked". (Luke 12:48 NIV)
Be blessed and as always Be ENCOURAGED!!!!