Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 2

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.” (2 Kings 2:9 NLT)
What kind of inheritance would you like to receive?
Elijah was a mighty prophet, and Elisha was his follower, student, protoge. As Elijah’s time of serving was drawing to a close, Elisha would not leave him. He wanted to stay with him as long as possible. Just before Elijah was taken away, he asked Elisha what he wanted. Elisha’s response was that he would, “inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”
The language of inheritance is important here. Elisha knew Elijah was leaving, and the double portion of an inheritance means that Elisha would be treated as the firstborn of Elijah. He was asking to be known as Elijah’s firstborn descendant.
Even so, there was the question of what Elisha would inherit? Would it be property, as we normally think of inheritance? No. Elisha requested an inheritance of Elijah’s spirit. He desired the same spirit, the same relationship with God that Elijah had. This was far more important to him than any kind of material property.
What kind of inheritance would you like to receive? The relationship between Elijah and Elisha was very important to both of them. Consider the relationships in your life. What would you like to inherit from those relationships? What would you like to pass on to someone else? How can you stay close in order that those desires may be met?