Summary: The legacy of Elijah was not in the miraculous, rather the mundane and monotonous ministry of multiplication.
Elijah was quite a character in the Bible. Donning camel skin and a leather belt, Elijah’s ministry was known for the miraculous. Most people think the pinnacle of his ministry, both figuratively and literally, was on Mt. Carmel when fire comes down from heaven.
However, did anything really change in the nation as a result of that episode? Did the nation have a change of direction? Did hearts turn back to God by the thousands? Truth be told, no. Nothing really changed after fire fell from Mt. Carmel. Ahab and Jezebel still reigned on thrones of wickedness and there was no real change in the heart condition of the people.
Once fire fell from heaven, Elijah ran away from Queen Jezebel’s threat and laid under a broom tree, broken and dismayed. After listening to God’s “Still Soft Voice” in the mountain crag, Elijah was to anoint Elisha as his successor. Elijah was to pass the baton. He was to pass the mantle of leadership to another. Elijah was given a directive from God. Multiply yourself in Elisha.
The legacy of Elijah was not in the miraculous, rather the mundane and monotonous ministry of multiplication. What about you? Do you think that the kingdom will only move forward through moving mountains or have you concluded, as I have, that ministry multiplication IS the stuff that ultimately moves mountains?