And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 2 Kings 2:9
At the end of First Kings chapter 19, you are introduced to Elisha. He becomes the apprentice to Elijah.
At the end of Elijah’s prophetic ministry, Elisha follows him to Gilgal, where Elijah tells him to stay.
However, Elisha would not but continued and followed him to Bethel, Jericho, and on across the Jordan. He refused to leave his master.
All along the way prophets keep telling Elisha the Lord is about to take Elijah.
Only after crossing the Jordan River did Elijah ask Elisha what he wanted.
“A double portion of your spirit upon me!” was the reply.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Elisha just asked for twice as much.
No greater honor exists than for someone to desire to do as you do.
Someone told me one time of one of the little girls in church saying, “When I grow up I want to marry someone like Pastor Tim!”
That touches me deeply, knowing that my life in Christ has such an influence on someone else.
Paul told the Corinthians, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Cor 11:1) and that is my desire – to imitate Christ.
I don’t always succeed, just as Elijah was angry and pouted, I find myself doing the same thing.
I don’t ask for twice as much of God’s Spirit as anyone else. I want the fullness that God desires me to have!