Distinct by Nature4:20 PM
2 Kings 4:9
"She said to her husband, "I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God."
ELISHA-the name's meaning is "God is Salvation."
-was from a wealthy, God-fearing family.
-called by God to succeed Elijah as a prophet.
"A name, a family, and a calling are good but not enough to be distinct in God's eyes."
More about Elisha:
-a hard worker
-a potential leader
-a ready servant
-has a gentle and quiet spirit
-energetic and steadfast
-has integrity and fidelity
"A good character is good but not enough to be distinct in God's eyes."
2 Kings 13:21
"Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet."
Elisha has many miracles and achievements done that even he was already dead, a man already dead came back to life when it touched Elisha's bones.
"Achievements are good but not enough to be distinct in God's eyes."
Elisha's secret :
2 Kings 4:8-10
..."I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God."
Elisha's secret was his holiness. Not his name, not his family, not his calling, not his character, not his achievements. It was his holiness.
- Can your parents tell their friends/colleagues that their son/daughter is a holy child of God?
- Can your classmates or friend tell that you are a holy man of God?
The Secret behind Elisha's Holiness:
2 Kings 2:15
"The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha's". And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him."
-indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
God wants to give us the greatest things in life but we always ask for the little things that we overlook the most important one.
If we want to be distinct, we must ask for the Holy Spirit.
2 Kings 2:9
"When they had crossed , Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what can I do for you?". "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit."
Elisha's life was a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life.
Elisha's holiness was practical.
To be distinct is not a theory. It is a practical way of living.
Elisha's holiness was made private and public.
Distinctiveness can be made manifested in little things.
"every act of life is a revelation of character." Patriarchs and Prophets p. 362
To be distinct? Must be holy. How to be holy? Presence of the Holy Spirit.How to have the Holy Spirit? Ask, Pray for it.
Christians must be marching to Zion.