Scripture: 2 Kings 2:13-14
He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over.
Insights: Throughout this week we have looked at the four traits required to pass a legacy on to the next generation. As a way of review, let me list them here in bullet point. We have to . . .
1. . . . be Faithful to the End (vs 1-6)
2. . . . Model for Others (vs 7-8)
3. . . . Encourage People Specifically (vs 9-10)
4. . . . Let it Go (vs 11-12)
As we approach today’s verses we learn the final truth about legacy. This truth is when we do the previous four things, then a legacy is passed on and picked up. Elisha had the choice to watch the mantle fall to the ground and to leave it where it lie. He also had the choice to reach down and pick it up and walk into a new realm of leadership and growth. Elisha choose to pick it up. There is another aspect of Elisha that must be mentioned here. He not only picked it up, but he understood by picking it up, it required him to act. He approaches the same water Elijah had parted earlier and now he must show his own faith. He cries out to God, because he knows only through the Lord is there true power, and then he acts by touching the water. God, as always, shows up and showers grace and favor on Elisha for his obedience and the waters part. He walks across for the second time in hundreds of years on dry ground. Beloved, what an amazing picture of legacy transference. If you are a seasoned saint and you picked up the mantle years ago, I want you to think back to that day and remember the fear and excitement you once had. It is my prayer you are willing for the next generation to experience this same feeling as you pass on to them this mantle of leadership? If you are younger in your walk with the Lord, it is my prayer you are willing to follow and be mentored by a seasoned saint until the mantle is passed to you.
1. If you are a seasoned saint, are you grateful you picked up someone else's mantle years ago?
2. If you are younger in your walk, are you willing to bend down and pick up the mantle and take the gospel into a new era?
Prayer: Father, Your will is going to be accomplished. Nothing will thwart Your plan. Guide me and prick me to pick up the mantle before me and run with the vision You have given to me. Amen.