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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What is Your Level of Commitment?

In 1 Kings 19:14-21 we learn of the call of Elisha. Concerned the townspeople were out to kill him, Elijah receives instructions from God to anoint Elisha. When Elisha is asked by Elijah to pick up his things and go, Elisha obeys, kisses his parents, burns his plow, and cooks his 12 oxen for the village. This is not like the men in the Luke 9 who asked,  "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father" ,or "Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home." What is different here? Regarding the first man, religion and society teaches us to reciprocate our love to our parents, be kind, and show our devoutness, but we must not make these an excuse for neglecting our duty to God. The other gentleman, willing to follow Christ, but he is only committing under a condition - the idea of attachment.  Extrapolating the text it does not appear to be property he needs to leave because in those times that could be done on spot. Verse 61 is better translated, to order the persons and affairs relating to my house. Either way, it signifies a too much worldliness state of mind in this disciple.  Maybe he had in mind the example of Elisha, to whom Elijah gave the same indulgence. Yet the different treatment of the two cases shows how different of a spirit each had or better yet, RELATIONSHIP. Elisha immediately obeys and we could agree Elisha models an inconceivable commitment to God’s calling through Elijah. Elisha, put the needs of God ahead of his own because he understood the cost of following God is great, but the cost of not following Him is even greater. What does this have to do with you? Elisha shows us that to step toward your destiny, you have to step away from your security. What does your level of commitment say? Is it immediate or eventually? What security might you need to walk away from in order to walk toward your destiny?