Skip to content

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES (GLEANING FROM YOUR LEADER)

May 31, 2012

This blog is about two servants; one becomes a leader, and the other becomes a leper.  Their names are Elisha and Gehazi.

The books of Kings give an account of the life of Elisha who was a servant of the prophet Elijah for approximately eight years. When Elijah was taken from this earth, Elisha was granted a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. The Bible records Elisha doing twice the miracles done by his predecessor. Apparently, his time spent with Elijah was inspirational and instructive. He was impressed with the qualities of Elijah and wanted to be like him but on a grander scale. The words of Paul in Philippians 4:9 can be seen portrayed in Elisha’s life,  “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

Gehazi unfortunately, was different; he had the same opportunity to learn from his master; however, he failed miserably. When Gehazi is first mentioned in 2 Kings 4 which tells the story of the Shunammite woman, he is already in the position of a servant to Elisha. At first, he appears sensitive to the desire of the Shunammite woman and is able to share this insight with his master. Years later when this woman’s son dies, he is unable to perceive her grief and is stopped from manhandling her by Elisha.  Elisha sent Gehazi with his staff to place it upon the face of the dead child, but the child did not respond. Lacking the anointing for the task Gehazi returns to Elisha, and Elisha comes and does what he expected Gehazi to accomplish.

In 2 Kings 5, the narrative of the healing of Naaman, the leper and the duplicity of Gehazi is told. After Naaman is healed by Elisha, Gehazi lies to Naaman, and receives monies and clothing for himself and then lies to Elisha about his actions.  Consequently, Gehazi’s covetousness, merchandising the gift of God, and deception causes Elisha to curse him and his future generations with leprosy.

At first in his role of a servant Gehazi appears attentive and sensitive, but as years pass he becomes callous and manipulative. Gehazi failed to understand the divine connection and the spirit of transference. He failed in performances and missed his opportunity to advance in ministry. All the years Gehazi traveled with Elisha he should have been mindful of Elisha’s feelings, teachings, lifestyle, and character. He did not take advantage of the positive things that he could have learned to advance his future. He did not realize Elisha was actually sowing seeds into his life.

It would be a wonderful thing if all believers had the heart of a servant and felt that the ministry in which they belong was divinely ordered by God. It would be a wonderful thing if all believers continually partook of the spiritual reservoir offered to them by their pastor and church. It would be a wonderful thing if we heard pastors complaining because their congregation was spiritually draining them of all they had to offer and they needed to replenish themselves for the hungry flock. It would be a wonderful thing if we saw pastors beaming over member’s accomplishments in the work of the ministry. It would be a wonderful thing if we were like Elisha and not Gehazi. It would be a wonderful thing if we did not miss our opportunities to emulate the great qualities and spiritual gifts of our leaders.

Advertisements
192 Comments
  1. Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff
    from. Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess
    I’ll just book mark this page.

  2. Hello There. I discovered your blog using msn. That is a very neatly written article.

    I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more of
    your useful information. Thank you for the post.
    I’ll definitely return.

  3. What’s up colleagues, good post and pleasant urging commented
    here, I am truly enjoying by these.

  4. I just like the valuable information you provide for
    your articles. I will bookmark your blog and test again here
    frequently. I’m somewhat sure I will be told lots of new stuff proper right here!

    Best of luck for the next!

  5. Very neat post.Really thank you! Great.

  6. Really informative article.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  7. Say, you got a nice article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  8. Hi there it’s me, I am also visiting this website on a regular basis, this site is in
    fact fastidious and the viewers are truly sharing fastidious thoughts.

  9. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very
    well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your useful info.
    Thank you for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  10. I go to see everyday a few web sites and blogs to read articles or reviews, except this website presents quality based articles.

  11. Thanks for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  12. A round of applause for your post.Really looking forward to read more.

  13. I really like and appreciate your post.Really thank you!

  14. Im obliged for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  15. Say, you got a nice article post.Thanks Again.

  16. I like the helpful info you provide in yourarticles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.I am quite certain I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here!Best of luck for the next!

  17. I really like and appreciate your article.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  18. Im thankful for the blog article.Much thanks again. Really Great.

  19. I am really impressed with your writing skills
    as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to
    see a great blog like this one nowadays.

  20. Great, thanks for sharing this post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  21. This is one awesome article post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  22. Thanks a lot for the article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  23. Thank you for your blog post. Will read on…

  24. A round of applause for your article post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  25. Very informative article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  26. Wow, great blog article.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  27. Muchos Gracias for your blog. Keep writing.

  28. I really like and appreciate your post. Want more.

  29. Really informative blog article.Thanks Again. Want more.

  30. I think this is a real great blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  31. Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to grasp so
    much about this, such as you wrote the e book in it
    or something. I believe that you just could do with some % to pressure the message home a bit, however instead of that, that is
    excellent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  32. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and engaging,
    and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something which not enough people are
    speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this during my search for something concerning this.

  33. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a
    very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and
    visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your
    theme? Great work!

  34. Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.
    I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  35. I pay a visit daily some web pages and blogs to read content, except this webpage gives quality based posts.

  36. Valuable information. Lucky me I found your site by chance, and I am shocked why this accident did not took place in advance!

    I bookmarked it.

  37. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to
    seeking more of your excellent post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

  38. Wow! This blog looks just like my old one!
    It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the
    same page layout and design. Great choice of colors!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: