Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, It won’t always be you, please skip ahead to the application.
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.
Elisha left his work. He left the oxen. He stopped working and tended to the business Elijah had.
Elisha left his family. On Elijah’s approval he went back long enough to say goodbye. But he left his family.
Elisha went so far as to burn any bridge allowing him to return. Notice Elisha’s extreme actions: He killed his oxen. He burned his tools. He cooked the oxen with the fire from the tools. Elijah left all and had a feast to commemorate it! Jesus alludes to this in Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” In following Jesus we must leave the old life behind.
Many need to leave it all behind like Elijah. Sure there are bridges in life that we need not burn. But the bridges to our old life/self need to be permanently destroyed. We should leave no option for ever becoming that person again.
Leave it and as you go have a feast to celebrate your new life!
Go, Realize it won’t always be you, Leave it all behind.
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.