Have you ever been amazed that some people can have the best parents, best churches, best preachers and best everything -majority of them end up living miserable lives? Life has its twists and turns that many times, if you happen to have been born in certain regions of the country, probably you would have admired to be close to a certain Bishop, fatherly\motherly figure or even just getting employed where they work, to tap into their knowledge, but you could not, yet at the same time, when you look at someone who has been close to such people you honor the most, either a biological child or a personal assistant or even an employee, you see them not matching to what you would admire to have from them. Many times, people who work in church really amaze me. Have you ever imagined how sweet it can be to work as a personal assistant to a bishop like T.D Jake’s or Joyce Mayor if not John Hagee? By this, i don’t mean the personal assistants to this men and women of God are bad people-they maybe the best but i wonder if someone can have such a chance, and waste it!
When in the presence of such a person, you will either catch his anointing or die a miserable Christian life. Elisha was a personal assistant to Elijah, but he never lost touch of what he could gain from his relationship with this great man of God. He was always aware of the eternal blessings he will get from the anointing this servant of God had. When time came for Elijah to be taken to heaven by the Lord, Elisha was there waiting anxious for that opportune moment. Elijah then said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not. ”As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. [2nd kings 2:9-11]. His wish was granted and the bible says 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. [vs 15] The bible has another man whose history is blurred because he missed to value what Elisha valued. He was money minded whenever he served God’s servant and it paid him with leprosy. This assistant to God’s prophet had no value for the spiritual things but was carnally minded. His name was Gehazi. Gehazi with all the wonderful privileges he had, could not think much of how to tap the anointing from Elisha but took bribes from Naaman after getting healed by Elisha. When the Lord reminded Elisha of what Gehazi had done, he told him “Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. [2nd kings 5:27] Saint of God, Elisha died without handing over the mantle. He went to the grave with his anointing. What apathetic thing. Gehazi lived, worked and walked with a man of God for his life only to get a curse and not a blessing, and to prove that his anointing went with him to the grave,2nd kings 13:21 tells us “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.
It’s not men of God alone but some of us are born to the right people. Best couples that inspire others in marriages and hold talks for couples. They have healed so many marriages and restored relationships-but oh, someone born in such a home not learning from such good parents, is a mistake to regret for life. Imagine how many rich sons and daughters have sold family property after the dad and mum have died. You keep on wondering, didn’t this son or daughter ever learn anything from the parents about investments. It’s funny that here in Kenya, some people or families that were billionaires 10-20 yrs ago, majority are struggling after the source of that wealth died. Do you ever wonder what happened that some of this people had the right connection, a business that was standing on its feet and everything to enjoy for life, only to for the father to die and a sudden frenzy of selling everything the dad treasured ensues and sooner than later, you realize they’re even begging for the simple things they threw away after the parents’s death. I keep asking myself, what did this never learn from this great investor? You mean with all this yrs of closeness to the boss, they all were only strategizing on how to sell everything after dad is gone. Colgate is a family business that has existed for over 100 yrs, but most business mogul’s of our day rarely outlive their wealth to the 3rd generation. It amazes me that some people can be so close to the best of everything but end up not learning anything from such people. It’s funny that even those access to the best of life ,end up not catching that passion for what the one they were close to had to share. Most great servants of God, when dead, that is when you realize the pastors who were close to them in ministry had not learnt anything from them on simple things like managing God’s flock. The Bishop dies and people start moving from that once famous church to other churches…why? because someone was so close to Bishop, but never go take the mantle from the Bishop to shepherd God’s church to greater heights.
My question to us all is, are you learning anything from the connections you have from God that are so close to you? Are your parents rich? What are you learning on how to enhance the business further and grow it after dad is gone and mum, to new levels? Are you taking anything from Dad and mum about business growth and maintaining a business? If you work in church as secretary to your Bishop or whatever post that makes you be near a well-known figure in parenting, ministry or any field, are you there for job functions only or you’re using that opportunity to tap into his anointing and wealth of knowledge to stir yourself up for greater things ahead?. God places us in such places for a reason. Don’t be like Gehazi who missed his anointing and inherited a curse. Be the Elisha who got a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. Have merry Christmas and enjoy it in the name of Jesus. God bless you

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