In the American culture, we view independence as an accomplishment. But when you get into the Kingdom of God, God is BIG on learning dependency. Dependence on Him and on the Body of Christ. How can we say, “We have no need of you?” (1 Corinthians 12:21)
When I was growing up I would tell my mom, “Mom, you can teach me this once, but after that I will do it myself”. I loved learning from my parents, family and others, but never wanted them to do everything for me.
Teach me once and I got it….was my motto.
When I became “born-again” and received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Jesus starting working on me and telling me, “Elizabeth, you have the Body of Christ, you have to start leaning on them’’. Different times I knew the Lord would want me to ask others to help me with something. Oh, I hated doing that, but I knew the Lord wanted me to. What the Lord was teaching me was I had a FAMILY, and as the apostles did in the Book of Acts,they gave to each other as each had need. I needed someone else’s spiritual gift to help me in an area or I needed help with projects.
These lessons through the years taught me to be a giver. Not just with my money, but with my time, my spiritual gifts, my ear to listen and my possessions.
As the years have gone on, I find so much value in others and see them as this BIG team that Jesus is the Head Coach. Everyone playing their part and we depend on each other to fulfill the GREAT work for the Kingdom.
To this day, I still don’t get why people are jealous of each other. We each have a part and a lot of work goes along with that part. Anointing only comes when you are fulfilling your own assignment from God.
With such an independent spirit in our culture, which one of its roots comes from fatherlessness, we have learned to do church without God(Father). Also, when we see youth sitting on one side of the building on Sundays adding to the division that is already in the churches and don’t embrace the facts that we NEED mothers and fathers in the Body of Christ, we will have youth movements, churches and ministries with orphan spirits leading them.
I understand that there has been abuses in the church to people from leaders, but that does not mean that we don’t need each other. One of the greatest things to come out of a young persons mouth is, “ I need you” to the older generation. We need fathers and mothers to rise up and “run” with the next generation.
To tell an older leader, “I need you” is one of the most liberating things a young leader/person can do.
For the older leader, learning to trust a young leader and give that leader UNCONDITIONAL love will cause that young leader to want to serve you with a full heart. Today we have leaders that like to “micro-manage” the next generation and so gifts are not formed and risks are not taken.
For Elisha to receive the mantle from Elijah, he had to endure and persevere. What if Elisha had a bad attitude or an independent spirit? He could of said, “I don’t need Elijah, God can give me MY own mantle.” This is true, but what if God wants to give you a double-portion of Elijahs?
As I am studying Elijah and Elisha I asked 2 men of God this question, “Why do you think that Elijah asked Elisha “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Both of them responded that they felt like Elijah wanted Elisha to ASK for it, to see how bad Elisha wanted the mantle.
Now, after all these years, my response is not that I can do it. My response to God EVERY TIME is “Lord, if you don’t come I can’t do this.” Dependence is a beautiful thing.
My advice to an Elisha Generation: Elisha you have to endure to get your reward. You have to get that independent spirit out of your life. You have to HUNGER for God and the things of God to receive the mantle. Go after your Elijahs and don’t stop until you get their mantle. Tell them I want a “double portion of your spirit”.
Let’s run together Elijah and Elisha because MANTLES MATTER!