Applications from 1 Kings
In the reading tonight we come in as God tells Elijah to, “Go..”
He is putting him back to work, his rest is over. Anoint Hazael King of Syria. Anoint Jael King of Israel. Anoint Elisha prophet.
Next God tells Elijah that he is not alone, there is a remnant of 7000
who have not bowed to Baal. Elijah goes and finds Elisha and throws his mantle on him. Elisha settles his affairs and begins to follow Elijah.
Elijah has completed amazing tasks for God. God has allowed him a time of renewal. Now that time is over and God says, “Go…”
Go, return on thy way… Get back to what I have called you to do. Anoint Hazael & Jehu kings. When you are done with that find Elisha and prepare him to become your replacement.
Many Christians are stuck in the constant state of rest. Constantly discouraged, worn, and needed refreshing. Never completing a task due to always tending to self.
This effects our churches. Churches cannot outreach due to such a large inreach. Pastors cannot focus outwardly due to always focusing inward.
Go! Eventually we as Christians are expected to mature and be more self sustaining. From here we become those in the church who do. Yes, there will be times for rest but only briefly.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.