By Patrick Hawthorne
I’m guilty. Yep, in the past I have been guilty of wishing I had someone else’s gifting or calling on my life. Just like Elisha I wanted a double portion of someone else’s calling. I wanted to pick up their mantle, smite the water and say, “Where is the God of so and so.” I know…foolish talk from a foolish younger man who had a zeal for the things of God, but not much accompanying wisdom. And, if I were to hazard a wild guess, I would say I am not alone in my desire.
The truth of the matter is that we have no need for another’s mantle. After all, why should we desire a man’s mantle when we each have been given the mantle of Jesus?
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
(John 14:12-14 NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but this excites me. The works that Jesus did are the same works that we have been given the authority to do. But, there is a stipulation. We must believe. To believe in something or someone is to have confidence that what they are telling us is the truth. We then must step out in faith and walk out that truth.
A couple of years ago, I witnessed firsthand a dramatic miracle. For months I had watched a church member, an older biker gentleman from years back, slide down the hill towards total blindness. I first took note when this member came in to church wearing an eye patch over one eye. At first, I didn’t think much about it. I figured he injured it somehow and just needed the patch for the healing process.
Time passed and I saw that his eyesight did not appear to be improving. As a matter of fact, it appeared that he was now losing sight in both eyes. At first he was able to maneuver his way through the sanctuary with the aid of a walking stick but eventually regressed to the point where he had to be led by another.
One particular service, during a powerful move of the Holy Spirit, a visiting minister asked people who needed healing in their bodies to come forward. I was sitting on the second row so I was able to clearly see all that was happening. Sure enough, the blind man was led to the front.
The minister prayed for several people and eventually made his way to the blind man. Waving his hands in front of the man to check his eye sight, I heard the minister ask the man if it would be alright to remove the eye patch. Upon removal, I could see that the eye was completely white. I could not make out the pupil at all.
Without much fanfare, the minister laid his hands on the man and commanded healing in the name of Jesus. What I saw next will be forever been implanted on my brain. The man’s eye instantaneously turned from solid white to completely normal. Again the minister waved his hands in front of the man to check his eyesight. All of his movements were met with an appropriate response. Since that time, I see this church member almost weekly. His eyesight is completely healed.
The question I now ask is, “Why are we not seeing more of this type miracle?” My personal belief is because we have stopped expecting. Where there is no expectation, hope fades. Where there is no hope, faith wanes. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.
When was the last time you really expected the person you were praying for to receive whatever it was you were asking of the Heavenly Father? Don’t fall into the trap of believing that these type miracles are confined only to the fivefold ministry. The job of the fivefold ministry, per Ephesians 4:11-12 is to equip us, the non-fivefold, for the work of the ministry. The mantle of Jesus belongs to all. Be blessed.