When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more. 2 Kings 2:9-12

Many leadership lessons are taught before a man is put into a position of leadership. It is when in leadership, that those lessons are tangibly realized. I found this out firsthand as a leader in my organization and my family. Previously, I had been reserved when asking for resources necessary for leading. Sometimes that was in the form of advice while other times I required a physical resource. If you're going to lead, and I would argue all men lead at some level, do not be afraid to ask.

At the moment Elijah invited Elisha to make a request, a crossroads developed. What would have transpired if Elisha asked for an easy thing? Based on what he was asking, it would have left him as half the leader he became. Don't ask for less is the lesson learned. When it comes to leadership, train yourself to think big. God has given us meaningful work to do, ask Him and those around you for hard things. The bigger the ask, the bigger the leadership potential.

DO THIS TODAY: Ask God for one thing to expand your leadership.


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