Often when we think about Elijah and Elisha or Moses and Joshua, it is in the context of leadership in the church and how that is passed on to the next generation. However when we study the New Testament, we see that there is a different dynamic at play. In the New Testament, all God’s people are anointed and have an important role in the advancing drama of God’s purposes being fulfilled in the earth. Therefore the lessons from Elisha’s relationship with Elijah are lessons for all of God’s people in today’s church. We are all “Elisha”. God’s purpose is, through Christ, to bless all the nations in the earth. God’s purpose is to demonstrate his Kingdom now in the earth. We have a role to play in demonstrating God’s Kingdom in our jobs, our everyday lives etc. God has a purpose to demonstrate his wisdom as all barriers are broken between nations and classes and groups in Christ. We can demonstrate that now. Like Elisha we need to receive the “double portion” of God’s anointing; we need to be persistent, like Elisha in our determination to receive all the equipping we need.

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