1 Kings 19:19-21 “Elijah went straight out and found Elisha …in a field …at work plowing;…. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak over him. 20 Elisha deserted the oxen, ran after Elijah…". 21 So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat — a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.”
Elisha’s initial response to an anointed man, or God’s helping hand, would determine what he would receive from the Lord. An invisible hand touched Elisha’s heart, no one spoke a word or forced him to do anything. He probably could not contain or explain the feeling, but he knew it was God. “He left his oxen and ran after Elijah”, a godly man. He disconnects with what he followed for years to learn how to please God. “He took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them,” this was his source of provision, his livelihood, his most prized possessions.
He gave everything up to follow and serve a godly man full time. If you don’t sacrifice, in your heart, everything to serve the Lord, you really have not sacrificed anything. Have you heard the term “burn every bridge” back to your old life? A true disciple is one who desires to become just like his master in every way. Jesus said, “No one that puts his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom.” – Luke 9:62 No procrastination, backward looks or putting God off. Seize the moment now!
One man offered another man a cover of friendship, care, a certainty of godly example and teaching. Because Elisha vowed to be discipled by his master’s ability he became more fruitful and successful than his own master. Elisha was able to stay stable and productive in a very unstable and faithless age.
God puts His church, pastors, teachers, and good mentors, with age, spiritual maturity and experience to help enhance and improve our quality of life. Quit trying to do this Christian walk on your own, stop running from those God sent to equip and train you to stand strong in this crazy, chaotic world. The best solution for your discouragement is Christian discipleship. If you’re not living a supernatural life in Christ, it’s not God’s fault or anyone else!