The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.
Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.
Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 1 Kings 19:15-17 NIV
Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. 2 Kings 2:13-14
Do you remember the first person who told you about God? Maybe your earliest memories are of your Mother or Father teaching you the Lord’s Prayer, or helping you learn the 23rd Psalm. Or, does a beloved Grandparent come to mind? Quite possibly, you remember a devoted Sunday School teacher; your childhood pastor or pastor’s wife.
I realize we each come from different backgrounds, and our experiences are varied. You may be someone who didn’t grow up in a Christian church, or you had no spiritual influences until you became an adult. Perhaps you came to know the Lord because you were seeking and searching for fulfillment – or maybe as the result of doing research for a term paper!
I remember a time when we held “street services,” and outdoor “tent revivals.” We went door-to-door, two by two, knocking on doors and offering the prayer of faith (as well as the sinner’s prayer) to anyone who was willing. Were you one of those people flipping television channels late at night and happened upon a preacher telling the good news of the kingdom? Did you listen to a radio program; catch a video on YouTube; attend a church camp, vacation bible school, or campus crusade?
Maybe you came to know the Lord in a very unusual way. Elisha did! There he was, minding his own business. An obviously industrious young man, Elisha was “plowing with 12 yoke of oxen” (1 Kings 19:19) when Elijah showed up. The elder prophet didn’t say a word – he simply threw his cloak around the younger man’s shoulders!
After receiving such an unusual call to ministry, Elisha was all in. He slaughtered his oxen and cooked the meat from a fire he made of his plowing equipment. Elisha went on to be mentored by Elijah, closely following and observing his actions. After the old prophet was caught up into heaven by a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11) Elisha received the “double portion” he’d requested of Elijah – and went on to perform twice as many miracles as his mentor.
Listen, my friends: mentorship matters! Elisha was astute enough to take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from Elijah’s knowledge and experience. Regardless of the means or method by which you came to a saving faith, we are commanded to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
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