Pastor T. Marvene Wright - The Word Center Church of Los AngelesPosition Yourself
By Pastor T. Marvene WrightThe Word Center Church of Los Angeles
When I read about Elijah and Elisha in 2 Kings 2:1-15, I see Elijah as a wise and faithful counselor, or as a teacher to the student, Elisha. In both of these types of relationships, one instructs by precept and example while the other listens, observes and learns.
However, both parties have an obligation to communicate with each other honestly and both must pledge a level of commitment. Let's explore what Elisha was actually requesting.
In the above referenced scripture, Elisha is asking to be Elijah's successor. Elijah's cloak was a symbol of his authority as a prophet. Elisha was requesting to be the one who would carry out Elijah's work as leader of the prophets.
Our desire to lead can be a Godly one if our motives are pure. God will clothe you with a sign of approval, so the world will be convinced that you indeed have inherited the power. Our motives must not come out of a heart of competition or jealousy. Our thoughts should be about Kingdom building and doing more for God, the greater works.
We must refresh our minds to the fact that as believers, we are not of this world. We have been delivered from the power of darkness and have been translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son. The dark way of succeeding is not a part of the character and the nature of God.
Therefore, we must position ourselves to a committed relationship to grow under and with the person who has what we want or who is where we want to be. We do not want to attain our position in life through deceit, trickery, slander, misconduct, theft, or any other ungodly means.
I am reminded of an individual who has been in the headlines for the past two years for a murder trial. Looking from the outside, this individual was a successful, wealthy, talented, businessman. But the way he accumulated his wealth and status came though many unscrupulous deals with inexperienced talented people in that profession. He was known to ride on the backs of talented individuals who were not educated in business, but had a talent that could be capitalized upon. He had a history of rage, anger, and abuse.
After years of cheating many out of the money they deserved and earned, his anger and rage caught up with him and he is now facing many years in prison for second-degree murder.
Sowing and reaping are laws. It may take some time coming, but "what goes around comes around."
We, as believers, must function differently from the world. We must be able to discern what and where God wants us. Do you desire a position in life because of greed and fame or because you know it will enhance the advancement and growth of the Kingdom of God?
In the Bible passage we are studying, Elisha made a commitment to watch his leader. He also made a commitment to be where he said he would be, when he said he would be there. At the appointed time, Elisha received the mantle from the prophet.
Increase, succession, and stepping into another level of anointing takes commitment. Are you willing to go through the process? Then, position yourself.