“In 2 Kings Chapter 2, we see the persistence of Elisha when Elijah tested him. When Elijah was about to be taken up to heaven, Elisha went along with him to Gilgal. Elijah told Elisha to stay in Gilgal, as he was going to Bethel. Elisha said, “No. I am coming with you.” At Bethel, Elijah again told Elisha to stay there, since he was going to Jericho. Elisha again replied, “No. I am going with you.” At Jericho, the same scene was repeated. Elijah then went to Jordan. When they came to the river Jordan, Elijah struck the water, opened up the river and both of them walked across. Then Elijah asked Elisha, “Why have you been following me? What do you want?” 

What about you? What do you want? Are you looking for a better income, or for a car or a new house?  Elisha however said, “I want a double portion of your spirit.” He did not want anything else in the world. He wanted the anointing of the Spirit that rested on Elijah. That’s why he had followed after Elijah.

God will test us too, before He commits a ministry to us. He will give us a certain experience – bring us to Gilgal – and see if we are content with that. Some Christians are content, but others will say, “No, Lord. I am not satisfied.” God will lead these people further and give them a deeper experience – Bethel. He may give you some visions. Some will be content with that. Others will say, “No, Lord. I want more of You.” Maybe He will do a miracle through you. Some will now be content. Others will say, “Lord, I want the Spirit that rested on You to rest on me too to transform me into Your likeness. I won’t be satisfied with anything less than that.” Do you have such a longing? If so, then let me assure you that God will not disappoint you.”

— Zac Poonen

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