How to Do Great Things for God
Read 2 Kings 2:1-12
1 Kings 19:19 is the only place in the Bible where one man anointed another to be a servant of God. Here in chapter two the power is transferred from one to another. Elijah asked Elisha what he wanted most from him and his answer was, “a double portion.” Jesus said in John 14 “Greater things than these shall ye do.” God has given the power of anointing men to man – to the prophet of God. The Lord had let Elijah know that his time was at hand. He therefore went to the different schools of the prophets to give them his last exhortations and blessing. The removal of Elijah was a type and figure of the ascension of Christ, and the opening of the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Elisha had long followed Elijah, and he would not leave him now when he hoped for the parting blessing. How can we apply this great truth to us? How can you and I do great things for God? First ofall I believe we have to ask and ask Him in faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. God requires faith on our part in order for Him to work through us. But having faith is difficult sometimes. It can be a help to us if we find examples in our friendships or acquaintances that have exhibited faith. Find people of faith and follow them. Find those who are Men of Prayer, Men of Principle, Men ofPractice, and Men of Power.
Look at Joshua and Caleb; and David & Jonathan. In Exodus 24:13, Joshua is called Moses minister, servant. In Numbers 27:18-23 He is Moses successor. In Numbers 13, Caleb is sent as a spy and came back with a good report. Caleb “wholly followed the Lord” in Joshua 14. He was given Hebron as a reward for his faithful service, but also because he believed God for great things – the mountain. Once you begin to follow and imitate those who have faith, expect great things from God. Expect God to work through you. Expect God to move in your life, because Jeremiah 33:3 is the only hope we have. Be a success and do great things for God. God is looking for people to stand in the gap. Will you be that person? Will you trust Him to do something great with you?
Read Zephaniah, Proverbs 1. List some people that you feel exhibit faith.