2Kings 13:21, “So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet”
To start us off, let me share with you lyrics of a chorus of a song entitled “Render your heart”, “Life is short and soon it will be past, it’s only what you’ve done for the Lord that will last. Render your heart and count up the cost. It’s only what you’ve done for the Lord that will last“.
When someone goes, it’s what they did they leave behind, a legacy. The bible says in Genesis 5:24, “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him“. He walked with the Lord 300 years, the legacy he left behind, he pleased the Lord in his walk. David left a legacy of being a man after God’s own heart, Moses was known as the most humble man, Abraham was called a friend of God etc. The common thing about these men, we still talk about them today and learn a lot from them. We cannot forget the founding fathers of this nation who left us a legacy still being talked about today. Some of their work and messages still impact even after centuries have passed. We cannot forget preachers of the past centuries, men like Martin Luther, General William Booth (founder of salvation army), Charles Spurgeon, Charles Finney, DL Moody, George Whitfield, and the like, men who preached messages that are still impacting lives today. Messages that have crossed boundaries of age, class, time, and even the original audiences because the truth knows no bounds. All these people have one thing in common, they are gone yet what they did for the Lord is still alive. They may have never known or thought that it would still go on after they were dead but thank God they are still going on because of God behind the word.
Elisha had died, one of the most powerful prophets of his time. He did more miracles than Elijah for he had double portion of the anointing (responsibility). After dying, buried, decomposed and all that was left was bones, a man who had died and was to be buried was dropped accidentally in Elisha’s tomb due to a raid and when he’s body touched Elisha’s bones, he revived. Elisha was long gone yet the effect of his ministry was still working bringing the dead back to life. I am seeing some of the bones of the old bringing back to life the dead with the messages of revival. It’s what they had done (hard work) for the Lord that lasted and because of that, their bones of teachings, lifestyle, stands etc. are impacting the body today as many have stumbled and touched their dry bones. Not that their bones have power, but that God has kept their ministries alive. Just like Elisha, they rendered their hearts to God’s service. They served with humility.
My desire is to do the same, live a life rendered to God for service, that is what will last. I want to be like Enoch who walked with the Lord, he pleased the Lord. Through witnessing, teaching, prayers, encouragements, hard work etc. these will outlast me even after I am long gone. I want to live for the Lord and leave a legacy. Can you imagine getting to heaven and you hear that God saved someone through what you did for the Lord? Or someone was brought out of a tough situation over what you had shared with them long time ago or someone stumbled on your testimony and that is how they got delivered? You never know what your service for the Lord can do. Life is short, what are you doing for the Lord with your life? Blessings, Ev