Leadership Must Be Earned

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


2 Kings 2:15

The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.


Just before this verse, Elijah had been taken up into heaven by a chariot of fire pulled by heavenly horses. As Elijah dropped his cloak, his associate Elisha took hold of it and struck the Jordon river, asking, “Where is the God of Elijah?” In that moment the Jordon split in two and Elisha walked across on dry ground. Fifty prophets watched it happen, and as Elisha approached them they bowed before him to honor the man of God.


Whenever I read this passage, I always think this line: “Leadership Must Be Earned.”  Elisha had asked for a double portion of the anointing of his mentor Elijah. When this amazing transition happened, Elisha could have picked up his mentor’s cloak and slowly and humbly walked away. But he knew people were watching. They had served one of the greatest men of God in history—Elijah. They were probably thinking, “Does this rookie have the intestinal fortitude (GUTS) that our leader Elijah had?” Courage took hold of Elisha in that moment and he stepped out in FAITH and called for an immediate miracle from God. God delivered, and Elisha’s Leadership was instantly earned. Faith appears to be the greatest asset of any leader in any category. Most would call it risk, but we who follow Jesus know it’s faith. When that asset is deployed God delivers the goods, and the humble follower, in time, becomes the great leader. Because “Leadership Must Be Earned.”


Dear Jesus,

This AM I can’t say enough wonderful things about You, my wonderful Lord. I’m happy to stay in the background, but I am ready to be used on the front lines as long as You call me. Amen

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