Scripture: 2 Kings 2:11-12
As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
Insights: Elijah is taken up to heaven in our verses today. In the next verse we are told his mantle fell to the ground. In Elijah’s life he literally had to let it go. He had not option because he was being taken to heaven. In our day and time, I think this subject is one of the absolute hardest things to understand. We have observed leaders who have just ended and left. In this kind of action, a leadership void is created. We have observed leaders who refuse to let go and stay on far too long and the organization suffers for their refusal to pass on the mantle. We have also observed leaders who have passed the mantle of leadership on to the next generation and then stuck around and mentored them affectively. This final scenario is the best and most ideal form of the transition process. The hard part is to know and discern when the right time of transition ought to take place. Beloved, we need to pray for wisdom and guidance in regards to the specifics related to this subject. May the Lord grant us wisdom as we strive to let it go to the next generation and may we transition well for the glory of God.
1. Are you holding on to your authority and responsibilities to the detriment of the next generation?
2. Are you letting go your responsibilities and taking on a more mentoring role with the next generation?
Prayer: Father, grant me the wisdom to know when I need to let go of my authority and responsibility to the next generation. Let me take on a role of mentorship and help them to run with the vision. Amen.