Serving People – Part #3: Don’t Look Back

“So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.” (1 Kings 19:19-21)

Elijah the prophet placed his mantle (cloak) upon the shoulders of Elisha the farmer. Elijah was summoning Elisha, at God’s leading, to leave his farm and take on the work of prophet for God’s people. This was not a small request, and it would require a great commitment from Elisha. He made his commitment clear. He brought an end to his occupation as a farmer by killing his oxen, burning the plow to cook the meat, and sharing it with his family and neighbors. They had become witnesses to the change in his life. Elisha wanted to show God and everyone that he was fully committed. From that point forward, there was no looking back. Whole-hearted service requires a commitment to allow the Holy Spirit work in our lives. Service in the kingdom does not always demand a career change, but it does require placing everything we have into God’s service.

Reflection Questions.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being uninvolved and 5 being totally involved), how would you rate your current level of service through the church? Why did you give yourself that score?

Are you carrying around things from your past that are keeping you from whole-heartedly serving the Lord today? Name them.

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