A double portion by Dennis Ignatius
2 Kings 2:9-10
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours — otherwise not.” NIV
Elisha is one of my favorite prophets. I like him because he is one of those who would not settle for mediocrity. He wanted all that God had to give. He served as an assistant to one of the greatest prophets of all time – a man who accomplished awesome miracles, a man who was so great in the sight of God that he was privileged to stand on the Mount of Transfiguration together with Moses to offer comfort to the Son of God before He went to the Cross. Most people would be happy to be just like Elijah but not Elisha. He wanted more, much more. And so he asked for a double portion of what Elijah had.
A few years ago, my wife and I attended a conference at the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF). There was a mighty move of God in that place. Pastor John Arnott asked all those who wanted to receive an impartation of the anointing to take back to their own churches to come forward. Many pastors wanted to see their churches transformed like TACF. But when it was the turn of one pastor from India to be prayed for, he stopped Pastor Arnott and said: “what I want is an anointing for a church in India one hundred times bigger than TACF!” Everybody laughed, but this man was serious. Why? Because he saw the great need in India and he knew he had to have a bigger dream if he ever hoped to touch his country with the gospel. That man had an Elisha spirit.
I believe with all my heart that God wants us to wholeheartedly desire everything He has to give – His presence, His anointing, His blessing. To ask for less, to expect less, is to dishonor the precious blessings of the Lord. We would never dream of asking our employer for less money; we value money too much to do that. How much more then should we value the blessing of the Lord? For too long we have asked for little and received little. It’s time to go for the double portion! It’s time to ask, like Jabeaz: “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!” (1 Chron 4:10). Or like Paul: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Phil 3:12).
Let’s really go after the things of God and ask for that double portion. Let’s press God for a double portion of the anointing that we may radically serve God in our generation. Let’s ask God for a double portion of His blessing that we may be a mighty blessing to others. Let’s get hungry for the presence of the Lord like never before. And then there’s a double portion of His joy, His peace, His grace… Oh, there’s so much that the Lord has to offer. A little bit of God can never be enough!
And let’s not grow weary in asking, in expecting to receive from God. Like Elisha we have to doggedly pursue what we desire and not let go. Elisha stuck close to Elijah and did not allow anything to come in the way of his dream. We can do it too and obtain from God that double portion of all that He has to give.