2 Kings 2:9
And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Are you ready for the Holy Spirit to work through you? That is exactly what awaits you on your journey of faith. Early in our walk with God, we have been mere witnesses of His majesty and sovereignty, from the moment we first encounter Him in Bethel, to witnessing His salvation and power at Jericho, to the moment He removes the barriers between us and His promises at the Jordan. And Lord’s promise is not that we will just “get by,” but that we will observe the gospel of the life of Christ and do “greater works than these” because of our faith in the Son of God.
Elisha is very bold to ask for a “double portion” of the spirit that moves through his master Elijah. After all, Elijah was a great prophet, had raised people from the dead, performed miracles, defeated priests and prophets of Baal, and defied King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. The Lord God had even sent His angels and common creatures like ravens to watch over Elijah in the wilderness. That’s a tall order, a farm boy asking for a double portion of THAT! And yet, in faith Elisha DID ask for that, and he did receive it.
Jesus knew His time among us was short, that the few years of His ministry were not enough to accomplish the repentance of all men. Although He filled His time with preaching and signs and wonders, still it was barely enough to bring a few dozen steadfast followers alongside. There was a great deal more work to be done, and Jesus knew that His disciples would be up to the challenge. However, in order to continue His ministry, in order to bring the gospel to the world and convince people of God’s sovereignty and salvation, they would need His power and His Spirit. They were not so bold as to ask for the Holy Spirit, not in so many words. But the apostles’ love for Jesus often prompted them to promise they would follow wherever He led them, to heal and perform miracles as He did, to stand up for God in a world that had become godless.
15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
The Lord was not just requesting that Peter take care of the flock of disciples. Jesus was bestowing power and authority to grow the flock, to feed and tend them. “Feed My lambs” to enable them to grow and become strong. “Tend my sheep” to keep them from danger and lead them to fair pastures. “Feed My sheep” so they may be nourished only with the Word of God, which is all they need from their Shepherd. And because Jesus was going home to the Father, these things He left for His disciples to do, and for this reason He gave us the “Helper” – the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
THAT is the “double portion” that has been poured out upon us as believers: the diverse gifts of the Spirit that continue to work in believers today. And these things are not just reserved for apostles or priests, but as Paul points out, “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EACH ONE for the profit of ALL.”
As believers, when we have repented and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38) Do you not think that the Holy Spirit will move with power in your life? If you truly have followed Jesus in faith beyond Bethel and Jericho and the Jordan, you should ASK for more of His Spirit to be poured out into you. Your journey is just beginning! You have come so far, and yet His will for you is that you should go twice that distance yet again. Receive the double portion, seek His will, and go forth in His name to feed and tend the sheep of the world. You have been given the authority and power to do these things, because Christ Jesus is with you in the power of His Spirit.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.