The story of Elisha’s imitation of Elijah is such an important case study that I want us to go through it again. Elisha followed and imitated Elijah to the point that he accessed the double portion of the anointing upon his kingdom father. If generations coming behind will walk in the same power and divine experiences as the fathers of the faith, they need to revisit the truth about imitation.
Elisha did not say, “Where is Elijah?” He had followed so well that he knew what to ask for! Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” You are not called to follow the fashion of a kingdom father but his faith, doctrine, the manner of life, purpose, long-suffering, charity, patience, persecutions and afflictions.
True imitation leads you to cry for the God of your father! It brings you into your own personal experience of God. You would have observed how the man relates with God so that you can relate with Him properly. True imitation helps us get into a better walk with God, not keep us away from Him! Elisha did exactly what Elijah did, not from the head but from the heart and called upon the God of Elijah who parted the waters for His father to do the same for him!
As a Pastors you need to ask yourself this question, “After people have listened to me preach on Sunday, do they say what a wonderful pastor or what a wonderful Christ?” Think about this! Oh that everyone that comes around you may be pointed towards the Father!
PRAYER: Lord, help me to pay attention to the right things in my followership so that my generation will know You through me in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1