To be a spiritual son… that was Elisha’s request.
In verse 9 Elisha asks of Elijah, “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Too many times I have heard preachers say that Elisha had twice the spiritual power/authority of Elijah. Unfortunately, that comes from not understanding the text. Elisha wasn’t asking for twice the spirit… he was asking to be Elijah’s ‘first-born’ son and therefore heir to the prophetic position. A double portion inheritance was given to the first-born.
God grants Elisha’s request and the parting of the
Elisha accepted great responsibility when he requested and was granted this request. Spiritual authority is a calling that must not be taken lightly…
Fathers, mothers, pastors, elders, deacons, bishops all are granted spiritual authority. If that is you, take the role seriously.
I find myself pondering my authority roles…
Oh, God, may I represent You well. May I use my authority for good. May my words point people to You. May my actions exemplify a life lived for You. Lord, may I never use my spiritual authority for personal gain, but only to further Your kingdom. I pray in my Lord Jesus’ name. Amen.