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Pass the Baton
Pass the Baton
By Wayne McDonald

2Kings 13:20-21, “Elisha died, and they buried him. Bands of Moabites invaded the land in the spring of the next year. As a man was being buried [on an open bier], such a band was seen coming: and the man was cast into Elisha’s grave. And when the man being let down touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet”. Elisha was so full of God that even after he died his bones were saturated with the life of the Spirit.

We read this story and get excited because Elisha walked in such boldness and power and even the anointing on his bones caused this man to be raised from the dead. However, this is one of the saddest stories in the Bible because Elisha never passed what he had to the next generation. Elisha's spiritual mentor, Elijah, passed what he had to him. Elisha walked in the same miracles that Elijah did. After the death of Elisha it is not recorded that anyone else walked in the power that he walked in except Jesus.

Whatever we have we need to pass to the next generation. Pass the baton by pouring yourself into someone. Raise them up to walk in the same gifts and authority that you walk in. One of the best places to start is pouring yourself into your children. If you don’t have children of your own pour yourself into the young people in your church.

Look for someone who is willing to pay the price and has good character. I love to help people put sermons together to preach and teach. I also train people in music. I am passing the baton to the next generation. I have taught several people how to play and they are leading worship in their home church and some of them travel all over. Pass the baton. Don’t take to the grave what you have and let it die there. Pass the baton so that others can start where you leave off!