Kingdom Principle: God’s Glory is shown to and through his chosen servants.
When U2 cried out – “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” – at least he knows what he is looking for…. (I think he found it) Do you know what you are looking for? Do you know what you want? Knowing what you want is the first step in getting “it” – unfortunately many have no clue what they want in general or specific. The scriptures today lead us to ask the question – Have you seen God’s Glory? And I ask you, do you want to see God’s glory? Scripture tells us elsewhere that “you have not because you asked not” (Luke 11:11-13, Matt 7:7-11, James 4:2-3) Let us be bold and come before the throne of Grace (Heb. 4:16) and ask for all that Jesus is longing to bring into our lives.
This is the final week of Epiphany– next week we move into the season of Lent. The transition from Epiphany to Lent is marked by the climax of all that the Spirit of God has revealed through the Life of Jesus to this world. When we are full, we are prepared to be poured out, in Lent we let go of the things of this world, by taking on and embracing the disciplines of Jesus. Do you have all that you want and need from the Spirit of God? If not – ask for more. The way of Jesus is to be easy and light – when you are yoked equally with him. (Matt 11:28-30) That yoke is measured by the power of the Spirit.
Elisha is not being greedy when he asks Elijah for a double portion of his spirit – He is merely asking for all that is possible. He is asking for a full inheritance. Culturally speaking – The first born was to receive 2/3 of the inheritance while the others are to receive 1/3. This is the double portion. One cannot give more than one has – So Elijah cannot give a double dose of his spirit to Elisha – rather – Elisha is asking to take his rightful place as the inherited spiritual son of Elijah. We are called the son’s of God and called to have our full inheritance (Romans 8:17, 1 Cor. 6:9, 15:50-52; Gal. 5:19-21, Eph 5:1,5) This inheritance is the very Kingdom of God – are you asking/seeking for the Kingdom? (Matt 6:9-13)
The “god of this world” your enemy would like to veil the light of the gospel which is the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, but he can’t when you are asking for it to be revealed. (2 Cor. 4:4) So may we ask for more of the Almighty to be revealed in our lives as we seek his Kingdom daily. (Matt 6:33) God’s image is in the gospel and our very lives are made in the image of God. Therefore our lives are to shine the light of the gospel of the Kingdom. God’s glory has been made to shine through us and the gospel is the good news that those who are perishing need to see.
Our God is not silent nor passive about the way in which His blessing is dispensed. Our King is a wealthy King – and the King longs to share all that He has with his noble subjects who are his servants. Peter, James and John are invited into the presence of Jesus, Elijah and Moses – the glory is revealed to them like never before in their life. This overshadowing of the Holy Spirit is the work that transforms us (body, soul & spirit). We see later in Acts 5 – Peter’s shadow carries with it the same power that came up on them on this day. Jesus calls us unto himself as God has summoned all the earth and heavens to reveal his glory. May we be wanting and willing to ask for the overshadowing and double blessing of God most High!
Where have you seen God’s Glory?
Where is the Glory of God shining through you?
If you don’t have quick answers to either of those questions – Ask to see his Glory – it will most likely come through the lives of God’s chosen servants who are not looking to draw attention to themselves, but can’t help but to shine the Light of the Son in this dark world.