Sweet, Sweet, Spirit

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.

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