11: Being Under

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Learning to be “under” qualifies a person to be “over.”

Elisha was only a plowman, tending his family fields.  Minding his insignificant life and its ordinary work.  But God had seen into his secret heart and found a man who could follow radically, drop the reins of his life and burn up his own heritage.  While he plowed his common oxen – unknown to him – God was giving Elijah the call to train him up, to make him fit to inherit the Elijah-authority.

Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him . . .
I Kings 19:19

The mantle Elijah threw over his shoulders in the fields, was a symbol of his God-appointed authority over Elisha.

Elijah walked on. He wouldn’t stop his journey to beg.  Nor even to wait . . . “Go back again, for what have I done to you?”  Elisha, willing to wear that mantle of another, gave over the power of life and direction to him.  He took the covering of Elijah’s leadership wherever it led.  And in menial service, trotted behind him as he followed his God.

Because he “came under” where God ordained authority over him, Elisha was entrusted with double the authority of Elijah.

You “come under” to be prepared to “be over.”

Elisha had authority over poisoned water, blind eyes, barren wombs and dead boys.  Kings deferred to him.  Life and death were in his hands.  He had served his time with the great, and his power was twice the size and double the scope of the one whose authority he chose to accept.

Copyright © 1999 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick, Our God Reigns

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