MAKING AN IMPACT, The Story of Elijah, Week 4, Legacy of Impact

Few people have made the Impact in their life like Elijah did.  As we finish of the series today.  I want to point out something that He did that lived well beyond him…He is like Moses, Jesus, Paul and a few others who had Impact They Lived well beyond what they did.  They live to Make an Impact

LEGACY OF IMPACT                I Kings 19:19-21 and II Kings 2:1-18

Introduction: The Lasting Impact

Passing the Baton…How to we pass it on?…How do we pass on the Baton to the next person at the end of our race!   

Dropping the Baton – Video

1. The Call of Elijah (I Kings 19:19-21)        

Let’s look at his again…even though we read it last week. 

God tells Elijah, go get Elisha…19 So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. 20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!”

Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”

21 So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.

  • Elijah throw his CLOAK ( represented his ministry) across Elisha’s Shoulders…I am calling you into this ministry.  This is a big sign.
  • Plowing with 12 team of oxen means he was wealthy…

2. A Decade of Ministry Together (I Kings 20-II Kings 1)    

  •   Next several chapters cover about 10 years…Elijah is building us a new school of prophets

3. The Departure of Elijah (II Kings 2:1-18)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were traveling from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Bethel.”

But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel.

The group of prophets from Bethel came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

“Of course I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Jericho.”

But Elisha replied again, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together to Jericho.

Then the group of prophets from Jericho came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

“Of course I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.”

But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together.

  • They start at Gilgal…they are doing the reverse journey of the children of Israel coming into Israel following Moses’ Ministry…Bethel to Jericho…sound familiar…Now they go on the Jordan River…

Fifty men from the group of prophets also went and watched from a distance as Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River. Then Elijah folded his cloak together and struck the water with it. The river divided, and the two of them went across on dry ground!

When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.”

And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.” 

10 You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.”

11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.

God taken Elijah Home in a special way!!! Wow!! The power of Israel is here!!

13 Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River. 14 He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.

15 When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. 

  • Moses and Elijah both go to see God on the East side of the Jordan.
  • Joshua, Moses successor, parted the Jordan river,
  • Elisha, Elijah successor parts the jordan river
  • The life that Elijah lived of Impact doesn’t end when he is taken up by God, it is passed on to Elisha
  1. When you think about making an impact – don’t just think what, think who?
      • 1 Thessalonians 2:8
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,  We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too 1 Thessalonians 2:8…. He was speaking of his Impact…His Love and the Good News of Jesus.
  • You don’t have to be a prophet or preacher that can pass on the baton…what can you pass on?
  • How can you pass on your Baton?  You can make an Impact for eternity…work…home…art…medicine…school…that’s all great impact. 
  • Then stop and think about who?  Who are you going to invest in?  Who do you pour your life into?  Who did Moses, Elijah, Jesus, Paul, Timothy, You…who do you pour your life into…For many of us the great baton we can pass on the great legacy we can pass on is to our children…what are you passing on to your kids?   Are you impacting them for life?   You are never done raising your kids?
  • What about your co-workers…how can you impact your co-workers?  How older men investing in younger?  How about the same for women?
  • Listen…you will never regret investing in other people. 

2. To impact another person you must do life together. It is not the transfer of information but relational discipleship.

      • ? Matthew 28:18-20 … look at these verses

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

3. Jesus constantly teaches from life and stories…from the things they share together…what they just saw…

      • ? Deuteronomy 6:4-7 …

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

4. How can I bring life to my Kids?  How can I help my kids follow God?…look at that verse we just read…repeat them..talk about them at home…when your going to bed…when your getting up…how are we talking about  about the Word around our family and friends?

      • Philippians 2:25….Paul was awesome at This.  Like Elijah, Paul invested in others…

25 Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need.

5. We are to intentionally invest in others; it is God’s job to empower them.

  • Elijah said to Elisha, it is not mine to give you the double portion, its God’s…

If you want to make an impact, be willing to sacrifice and go all in. 

  • Elisha slaughter the oxen and burned the plow…you got to let it burn and go…follow God
  • He went all in…God has given you a ministry…or a dream…or a plan…go all in like Elisha did…
  • He also let go…maybe your dating someone you know your shouldn’t be…maybe your working in a place that is below what God has for you…maybe you are holding on to something that God is telling you to let go off…to go all in…let go!!…its time to burn the plow!!!

6. Serve in humility before you ever lead. 

  • Elisha…served in humility, he served Elijah for 10 years…before he was the leader…
  • Elisha was a healthy wealthy servant of God.  He didn’t start on top.  He served a long time.
  • People come here every week and clean the lobby, vacuum the building…they serve…others show up mid-week for youth ministry…they humble serve…Elisha served humbly for 10 years…Joshua served under Moses for 40 years!!

7. Pick up the mantle – There will be insecurity and you will need humility…but run anyway!

  • When God you to serve…Pick up the mantle and serve…Pick up the Baton and carry on the race.  There will be insecurity and you will need humility…but run the race set out for you…run the race. 
  • Be Bold…have faith to ask for much…he asked Elisha asked Elijah for double portion of faith, your spirit…

“And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”

  • If today is the day you were being called home, what did you leave behind.  What is the mantle that you left?  Who did you invest in?    Who would pick up the Baton and run with it?
  • Who are the people that matter most in my life and how do I invest in them?  God’s chariot is coming quicker than you think, let’s live in a way that we are ready to leave an impact and we are ready to go home.
      • WHEN THE CHARIOT COMES FOR YOU:
  1. If his mantle was the symbol of Elijah’s impact and ministry, what would be the best symbol to represent your life today? 
  2. If today were the day, what would you leave behind? What do you want to leave behind? What will be your legacy? 
  3. Who will be your legacy? Who will you have impacted and how? Who would you want it to be? 
  4. What are you going to do differently to make your legacy a reality?

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