2 Kings 2:23-24 23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking up the path, some small boys came out of the city and harassed him, chanting, “Go up, baldy! Go up, baldy! ” 24 He turned around, looked at them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and mauled 42 of the children.
There’s some downright funny stuff in the Bible! Hold on there, child protective services… I don’t think that 42 children getting mauled is funny. But small boys calling the prophet of the Lord “baldy” cracks me up. Can you imagine? Elisha didn’t have to do anything to defend himself, either. He probably turned to them and said, “Good luck you little punks. You’ve got it coming now.” We’ve seen God send rain, fire, wind, earthquakes, floods, and whatever natural disasters you can think of. This one was especially creative. Bears.
Elisha spoke with such authority! He was confident in the spirit of the Lord on him and he acted accordingly. Just before this incident, he saw his mentor, Elijah, carried up into heaven by a chariot of fire. Yes that’s right – a chariot made out of fire. That’s hardcore. Then Elisha literally picked up the mantle that was on Elijah. So now he is the anointed one. He immediately begins performing the miraculous. Things like parting a river, curing bad water, and cursing young punks. Because of the Spirit of the Lord, Elisha had it going on!
You have the same opportunity, you know. Greatness in the kingdom of God isn’t determined by our ability to speak to large crowds of people. It isn’t determined by our ability to lead thousands in worship. Greatness is allowing the Spirit of the Lord to live in you and through you, and walking out His calling on your life. Just as Billy Graham was great, so was Mother Theresa. The fame of Joel Osteen does not make him greater than the small town preacher who leads 25 people. Even more, it doesn’t make him greater than the guy who vacuums the foyer. Greatness in God’s eyes is determined by our response to His calling. Will you dare to be great today?