We know from just reading the scripture in 2 kings 2:10 that Elisha was not one to just accept that which is reasonable, even with it coming from the Lord. There are some who may ask how could something come from the Lord, if the Lord had not yet come? I know that many of the upper level sons and daughters already know that answer; however, I always try to leave clarity for the spiritually young ones in the Lord who have just yet begun the fight. We know in the basic structure of the Godhead, that Jesus, the Son of God, is the Word; and that the Father is the Will: the Father for the most part, does send his Will forth as the Word. So when you receive the word sent forth, written or revealed, you are really joining in with the Lord to process the Will of the Father. So we can see why Jesus was able to reminisce, and go down memory lane after he had finished his work that the Father sent him to do here on the earth; as Jesus had already been here as the Word long before just now: John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” So whatever word that came to Elisha from Elijah that was suppose to be reasonable for the Prophet to step into, would have had him stepping into the Lord; but Elisha was not out for reasonable service. So Jesus was not just here at the time of Elijah and Elisha as the Word, but he was also here with the Father before the world was as the Word. Jesus was here hidden in the bosom of the Father as the Word from the Prince of darkness of this world, until it was time for him to come dwell amongst man: first as the Word in spiritual form, and then secondly as the Word in bodily form as the Son of God. John 1:18, ” No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” Now, after “before the world was time,” had all been fulfilled; the time up next had come for “the world to be.” Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” And guess who was there in the beginning with God, to be sent forth from His bosom to create the heaven and the earth? Yes, you are correct! John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were mtade by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” So to all of the spiritually young ones in the Lord who have just begun the fight; Yes, Elijah and Elisha were in the Lord, in the Word, from the beginning. And from here we all know what eventually happened to the Word to get Jesus to us as the Father’s only begotten son: John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Whew, Lord! Reasonable Service In The Lord, Or Greater Service In The Father.
There are many of us in the Body of Christ who are just like Elisha, we can handle the reasonable service of the Lord as directed by the word pretty much with joy and happiness; therefore, we at times will do like Elisha when giving the opportunity. We will ask for that in which the Lord may have considered to be unreasonable if he were to put it on us: we will ask for the double portion without a doubt in our minds or our hearts. I can make the offer to you that it may have been considered somewhat unreasonable to the Lord to be the one to initiate a double portion of anointing on Elisha; however, it was not taken as being unreasonable to Elisha to make the request. When you read Elijah’s response to Elisha’s request, you can get a good idea from the great Prophet who has been through it all just about with the word of God, that before taking off with this request, that he needs to let Houston know that we have a problem. 2 Kings 2:10, “And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.” When you have the already great, and proven Prophet Elijah say that thou hast asked a hard thing, and that maybe or maybe not, might this double portion thing happen for you; then we are in a place that may be seen by Elijah as being unreasonable. The Will of God is the same, and did not change because of the request made by Elisha for a double portion. The Will of God for Elisha to replace Elijah is still the Will of God. However, the Word of God, who has been given a life of its own, only knows how Elijah feels about the request. Therefore, the Word with a life of its own, will have to give Elisha an opportunity to have that which he hoped for. We can find ourselves at times at odds with those who love and know the Lord also, but it does not mean that either person is wrong. The thing that may be unreasonable for one, maybe reasonable for another. If you find yourself in a place where simpler is ok for a member in your circle, it does not mean that simpler is ok for you. The Word, the Lord, will not hold you back if you are willing to pay the price for the greater. The Father for sure, is not going to say no; for he is out and about as we write and read this post. He is just looking for those like Elisha who want the greater service; and not just the reasonable service: John 4:23, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” You may not get the Word first for a double portion. You may just be in the spirit and in the truth when you realize that the current portion is not enough for the vision inside of you. Then when God presents you with the opportunity to get what has not yet been spoken, the sons and daughters in which the Father has found looking for him also at the same time he was looking for them, will know to step right into it. There will be many members in the Body of Christ that will be happy with doing their reasonable service; however, there will be sons and daughters looking for the Father that will only be happy with moving into the greater service. The Apostle Paul lets us know that we are responsible for the Word or Prophecies that come forth on us:1 Timothy 1:18, “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare.” So the Apostle Paul makes it clear to us that our reasonable service is to the Word that went forth on us. If we find ourselves unable to be true, and unable to prove the Will of God that went forth on us, then we are not doing our reasonable service. We do not have to renew ourselves to do the greater service, but we do have to renew ourselves enough to do our reasonable service. Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Reasonable Service In The Lord, Or Greater Service In The Father.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.