My church has been going through Experiencing God on Sunday nights. Unit 8 is titled “Adjusting Your Life to God”. Check out the story of Elisha below and then join me after reading.
19 So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. 20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!”
Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”
21 So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant. – 1 Kings 19:19-21
In the above story, we read about Elijah calling Elisha to become his assistant. Notice that Elisha immediately slaughters the oxen, burns his plow, and throws a BBQ. With his livelihood burnt and eaten, there was no going back for Elisha.
–> How is God calling you to adjust your life to Him? <–
Last year, my wife and I made the decision to keep her home with my son. This decision carried with it both a financial and personal impact. Yet we both felt, and continue to feel, that God was/is calling us to keep her home. Our decision required an adjustment that has been hard at times but good. Very good.
8 thoughts on “No Going Back”
People always talk about how rad Elijah was. But Elisha got a double portion and was so in-tune with Adonai that his corpse reanimated another dead dude (not in a creepy zombie way).
Elisha’s obedience to just walk away from his life and follow Elijah just blows me away. Which story are you referring to?
I don’t remember that story at all. Freakin awesome! If stories like that were taught to kids I think they’d be more interested in the Bible.
I know, right? Maybe it mostly comes down to questions that really inject kids into the stories, too. Like, “could you imagine leaving your mom and dad to go follow somebody?” And if you’re really bold, “who would you be willing to leave your parents to follow?” The answers would be rather interesting. I’d be surprised if I didn’t hear at least one “Big Bird” or something close.
Big Bird = STRANGER DANGER!
Have you read the story of Ehud the Assassin (Judges 3:12-30)? After reading it, I couldn’t understand why his story isn’t a part of Sunday school material. So awesome.
I think it’s because most Sunday schools are afraid to talk about poop. 🙂
Poop is a universal language though. Such a missed opportunity.