Let me inherit a double
portion of your spirit.
—2 Kings 2:9
God was about to take the prophet Elijah home. “What can I do for you before I am taken from you?” Elijah asked Elisha, his protégé.
Elisha replied, “Leave me a double share of your spirit” (2 Kgs 2:9).
I can’t imagine a higher compliment: Put me in your Will; give your possessions to others but give me your spirit—a double helping, please.
I served a church where there was a division of ministerial responsibilities. The dear brother who worked with university students had a gentle, sweet spirit that never dipped into negative territory. He mentored many who left town saturated with his spirit, and they’ve had wonderfully effective ministries, from coast-to-coast, and beyond.
In every church, there is someone whose sweet spirit we would do well to mirror. I think you are that person.
The noblest level of influence is not
elevating self, but lifting others.