Many of us follow people or organizations that inspire us. Whether it’s a speaker, musician, author, activist, politician, public service, or a cause we are passionate about, we follow them because they are about something we truly believe in or because they feed something within us that we want more of—information, laughter, motivation, and more.
I’m not sure how familiar you are with the story of the great prophet Elijah and his faithful disciple Elisha. As a prophet, Elijah was the messenger of God and used by God to do some pretty miraculous things. Elisha, his apprentice, did not want to miss out on the amazing power through which Elijah lived.
Our Bible reading today is longer than usual. But there is a strong, relevant message for you and me here:
2 Kings 2 // Elijah Taken to Heaven
1 And it came about when the Lord was about to take up Elijah by a whirlwind to heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here please, for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3 Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.”
4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. 5 The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be still.” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
7 Now fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9 When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 He said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 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. 12 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.
Elisha, almost annoyingly, would not leave Elijah's side. He followed Elijah wherever he'd go with hope to catch what he had. Elisha was not satisfied. He WANTED MORE and he saw that MORE in Elijah.
Two facts about Elisha challenge us:
1) He hungered for more of God.
When was the last time that you've longed to experience God more? I often feel like that we compartmentalize God to a few experiences here and there and once we are finished, we are finished with Him until the next spiritual event.
2) He did something about it.
Elisha did not give up seeking for more of God until he actually received the spirit that was in Elijah. And after he received it, he became a great prophet after Elijah was taken up to heaven.
I often am satisfied with little when you want to give me more.
I often give up persisting when you want me to seek further.
I often find my fulness in things other than you.
I want more of you.
I hunger for more of your spirit.
Fill me with your anointing.
And give me the grace to not stop following, reading, praying, worshiping until I've been filled with you.
Filtering those we follow...
Who are you following closely?
Are they walking so closely with God that it causes you to want more of God?
1 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside [b]quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the [c]paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Lord, you are all I need. What more should I ever need?
I want more of you. I will follow you until I'm filled with you!