HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 2 Kings 2:2,4,6
Three times Elijah spoke thus to his friend and disciple, to test him. Perseverance, the tenacity of purpose, a refusal to be content with anything short of the best, are indispensable conditions for the attainment of the highest possibilities of experience and service. And perpetually in our life’s discipline, these words come back on us, Tarry here! Not that God desires us to tarry, but because He desires each onward step to be the choice and act of our own will.
Tarry here in Consecration. “You have given so much; is it not time that you refrained from further sacrifices? Ungird your loins, sit down and rest, forbear from this strenuous following after. Spare thyself; this shall not come to thee.”
Tarry here in the Life of Prayer. “It is waste of time to spend so much time at the footstool of God. You have done more than most, desist from further intercession and supplication.”
Tarry here in the attainment of the likeness of Christ. “It will cost you so much if all that is not Christ-like is to pass away from your life.”
Such voices are perpetually speaking to us all. And if we heed them, we are at once shut out of that crossing the Jordan, that rapturous intercourse with heaven, that reception of the double portion of the Spirit, which awaits those who have successfully stood the test. The law of the Christian life is always Advance; always leaving that which is behind; always reckoning that you have not attained; always following on to know the Lord, growing in grace and in the knowledge of the blessed Saviour, and saying to the Spirit of God, as Elisha to Elijah, I will not leave thee.
Are you on the same path this morning like that of Elisha determined to go to the very end of time? Oh God is speaking to us and it is time that we listen and walk in His footsteps for the hour on us is very late and I am afraid if we do not act not we will miss the blessings. Brethren it is a double portion and in some cases, you can receive more but you have to be determined to go that last mile of the journey like Christian THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS
The choice is yours and for you to follow. May Almighty God bless and keep you.