About 20 years ago, a pop-star (I won’t mention who it was for the sake of embarrassing myself) was giving a free concert near, at the time, to where I lived. I wanted to go, but on my way to the concert things happened; I slept in, a meeting ran over, I missed my bus. By the time I arrived he was saying his goodbyes and then he sped off in his posh chauffeur driven car.
Have you ever missed out on something?
The chance to see someone in concert, try a limited menu at a favourite restaurant, or experience something new; but then life happened and you missed your chance.
Have you ever intentionally missed out? You made a decision to say ‘no’ to an event, a meet up, a conversation because of fear, embarrassment or because you just couldn’t be bothered.
Now with that thought in mind, let me introduce you to three gentlemen, Elijah, Elisha and Gehazi.
Elijah is a prophet found in the two books of Kings, who did incredible miracles, including asking God to rain down fire on the alter, when representing Him in a showdown with the priests of Baal.
He performed 14 miracles.
Elijah promoted Elisha to be his successor, then just before he was taken up to heaven, he asked Elisha “What can I grant you before I am taken away?” (2 Kings2:9) Elisha replied, “Please grant me twice as much prophetic power as you have had.” Effectively, asking Elijah for more! More of his spirit, more of his power, asking for a double portion. Elisha did just that, he preformed 28 miracles including parting the Jordan river.
Now Elisha’s assistant was Gehazi. He enjoyed a position of power but was ultimately corrupt, misusing his authority to cheat Naaman the Syrian, and was afflicted with leprosy. Although, Gehazi was there for the miracles of Elisha, he missed out on his ‘more’! He allowed the power and the position to focus his thoughts rather than seeing and believing what God could do through his life, if only he had asked for more.
This year don’t miss out on your more! Spend some time today asking God for more opportunities for the Holy Spirit to work in and through you. Living a life like Elisha and not Gehazi.
God, thank you that you want to give us more than we have ever hoped for, or ever imagined. Open our hearts and minds to all you can do. Today, we pray for more of your spirit and power in our lives. Give us the opportunities to see you working in and through us.