19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “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?” 21 And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him. 1 Kings 19:19-21
Take a minute to think about what your life was like before you made the commitment to trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to follow Him. What was different? Where were your priorities? Where did you devote your time, money and energy?
What we learn from Elisha here is that when the Lord calls us it means a different way of life. It demands the total abandonment of the way we used to live in exchange for God’s way. This might mean an occupation change or location change along with the character molding He is certain to do, as He did with Elisha. Yet have we forgotten this? Have we become too complacent with the American Christian way of life? We must all answer this for ourselves.
Jesus reminds the people of His day that there is a cost to following Him:
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62
What sacrifices have you made to follow God?
Please tell your children and grandchildren of these sacrifices. This will not only encourage them in their faith but will also challenge them to make sacrifices in pursuit of the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). \