Happy New Month! Welcome to March, the month where God is moving us further in purpose.
I trust that you and yours are doing well and keeping safe. It's so good to be on here.
I was studying the ministry of Elisha recently, and I took note of his dimension of impact. What a man! He carried a double portion of Elijah's anointing, and Elijah was not small in any way. While Elijah and Elisha were very similar, they were distinct in their purpose and those they were sent to, nothwithstanding the measure of anointing.
Most of Elijah's miracles were inclined to life and death. On the other hand, most of Elisha's miracles were restoration based like healing people and nations.
Therefore, it can be said that Elisha was a prophet of grace while Elijah was a prophet of judgment. Elijah gave testimonies against men's sin and evil, while Elisha's testimonies were inclined for salvation and preach God's mercy.
Elijah's target audience was more directed to the public/nations. He often engaged with sinners and those that led them into sin. On the other hand, Elisha was majorly involved with people (families) and prophets of God.
Through the compassion of God, he blessed people by preaching and carrying out miracles like the Widow, the Shunammite Woman and Naaman, Commander of the Army of Syria.
If asked to evaluate with our human mind whose journey was more purposeful, I would say Elijah. For several reasons, people and nations feared Elijah whose words stopped the rain for three years! Indeed he was powerful (purposeful), and it is only 'right' to think that Elisha, who carried a double portion of his anointing, would do more extraordinary things – dreadful maybe. However, this is only the perspective of the human mind and society, not God's expectation.
Contrary to what we have misconceived purpose to be, doing ‘big’ things is not equivalent to walking in purpose. Purpose is measured by God not societal standard. So when next you think purpose, remember Elijah and Elisha - think impact not size. Don't let us get distracted and mistake popularity for purpose.
So in this month of March, I admonish you to embrace purpose right where you are and march forward.
Loads of love,