so God could use you
If you want God to use you, you have to be ready to pay the price. Sometimes we want to be a vessel in God’s hands, but we are not ready to sacrifice.
Are you ready to walk the distance?
God can mean ‘walk the distance’ literally. Let’s look at the story of Elijah and Elisha in the Book of 2 Kings chapter 2. It was the time for Elijah to be taken by God, and he asked his servant Elisha to stay in the cities they were coming through.
They went out from Gilgal. First, they headed to Bethel, then to Jericho and finally they came to Jordan. Although there are several assumptions on the location of Gilgal, an approximate distance of this trip took about 30-40 US miles. I don’t even want to imagine how much time it would take me to walk that far.
Every time they entered new town Elijah proposed Elisha to stay. However, this young fellow walked all the distance with his master. He wanted to receive something from God.
What did he want so much that he was ready to walk with Elijah all the way?
Elisha wanted to receive anointing! Wow! Nothing for his well-being or any kind of possessions. He asked God to use him twice as much as He used Elijah. For this reason, Elisha spent hours walking the way.
This thought alone is enough to question priorities in my personal life, but we go further. At every place, they met sons of prophets who knew what God was about to do. Every time they tried to warn Elisha but didn’t follow them. Probably they were thinking of some excuses for the distance. The last group of men was about 50 men who were from Jericho. So they went from the city to the river and stood by the river observing at a distance. Why? Why didn’t they come over? Was it enough just to watch? Really? Apparently, the answer is ‘yes’.
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
2 Kings 2:11 (KJV)
The spectators stay to see what was next to happen. Elisha stood on the other band of Jordan. How was he going to return?
He did what he saw his master doing! He used his mantle to separate the water. Elisha got what he came for.
The question for everyone:
Is it enough for you to be an observer?
What ‘distance’ are you ready to overcome for the Lord?
Mt 11:29-30 (KJV)
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