Happy Hump Day! Last week, we began talking about Elijah, and this week we will carry on in 2 Kings talking about the man Elijah was teaching to take over his ministry. Elisha was a leader, and today we will look at his example of leadership. I would love to hear from you in the comments, and if you love the Wednesday Devotional, make sure to share it on social media. Join me again next Wednesday and , thanks so much for taking the time to read! I appreciate it more than you know!
This week, we will look at a man, who had grit, stamina, obedience and a heart for God. He had leadership skills we can all learn from! Do you know anyone like this person? Someone who will endure trials? A person who is submissive to the Lord’s leadership?
Let’s look further into Elisha’s life because among these other traits, Elisha was a leader. Make sure you read 2 Kings 2:1-14 to get the entire story. Then, join me back here.
Focus here for a moment: 2 Kings 2:9, “When they had crossed [the Jordan River], Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.’And Elisha said, ‘Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.'”
What It Tells Us About Leadership:
Elisha is asking for a double blessing of the same spiritual power that Elijah had. Elijah was a prophet from God, and he was training up Elisha. He asks to not only as great, but to be a greater prophet than Elijah. Not because he was selfish or egotistical, but so he could bring glory to God. He asks for this blessing in humility.
So now we know a little back story, let’s look at how Elisha shows us some great leadership characteristics…
Elisha was willing to learn.
He is Elijah’s student, and he looks up to Elijah to teach him more and more about God. He realizes he has more to learn about God and how to bring Him glory. Elisha knew he still had more to learn, even though he was being taught by the best reminds us we can always learn more. We can always learn more about God, and we can always learn more about the Bible, so being willing to learn is an important leadership quality.
Elisha was unwavering.
Elisha was obedient to both God and Elijah. When reading in 2 Kings, you will see that Elijah tells Elisha to stay where he was 3 times. However, Elisha all 3 times asks Elijah to go with him. I know what you must be thinking…how can he be obedient if he can’t even stay where Elijah asks him to stay? Well, Elisha was so eager to learn from Elijah he didn’t want to stay behind. He wanted to go with Elijah to learn from him (see the 1st point again!). Note, that each time Elisha asks to go with Elijah, he agrees to let Elisha follow. Therefore, he wasn’t being disobedient, he was just being devoted to Elijah and his teachings. We need to be devoted to God’s teachings just like Elisha was. We must put pride aside and focus on what God is calling us to do. We need to have an unshakable pursuit for God’s Will to be done through us.
Elisha was a servant.
He served Elijah throughout his journey. He helped him and joined him in teaching others about God. He didn’t sit idly aside and soak up Elijah’s teachings, but, instead, he joined in and took action. In the same way, we are called to be servants to others. If you are a leader in any capacity, you are called to serve. Didn’t Jesus do just the same thing? Yes! He washed his disciples feet at their last meeting together to serve them! So we as leaders and as Christians need to make sure we are serving one another in whatever way possible.
These are just a few leadership principles Elisha teaches us. He was eager to learn from others, he was set on following God above all else and he served others well.
God, I pray I can be a tiny ounce of Elisha’s leadership qualities. Make me hunger to learn from You and from others. Give me a bold and enduring faith that only comes from You. Help me to be a good servant to others and for You. I love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
How can you be more like Elisha today? Have you been blessing others or pridefully seeking gain for yourself? Are you committed to living out God’s call for you life? Do you serve others?