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Job Description

2 Kings 3:11-12 (NIV)
But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?"
An officer of the king of Israel answered, "Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah."
Jehoshaphat said, "The word of the LORD is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

There are phrases in the scripture that paint such a beautiful picture. I often overlook them because they're often subtle and get lost in the larger story. This is one of them. When the officer was asked to explain who Elisha was to the king of Judah (because Elisha was a prophet to the northern kingdom), he says, "He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah." Simply put, he said that Elisha was Elijah's personal servant. More than that, this phrase describes the intimate relationship Elisha had with Elijah and the selfless way he served him.

I wonder how I would be described as an under-shepherd. Would people describe me as "the guy who is always wanting attention" or "the platform grabber." Am I seen as out to build my own kingdom, or working to serve the interests of the man whom God has assigned me to support? I wonder sometimes if my heart and my actions and my words reflect the humility Elisha had. For it was that humility that one day released his authority.

"He used to pour water water on the hands of Elijah." On their last night together, Jesus knelt before the disciples and pored water on their feet. He said, "I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you." I've never quite known how to describe what I do at C-stone...but I now know what my primary responsibility should be: to pour water.

Lord, let my reputation be that of a servant.

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