1 Kings 19:20-21
“And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please 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?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.”
-We read that Elisha willingly left everything behind including his routine ploughing job & followed prophet Elijah, though he had to first kiss their parents goodbye. A contrast is seen between these events & those of the disciples when they were called by Jesus, they also left everything but followed Christ immediately (Mat 4:18-22). Jesus calls us to follow Him immediately & requires us to give Him all our hearts, to focus on Him with all our minds & entrust our souls to Him; the same way He requires us to love Him. Elisha broke the yoke of the oxen, boiled their flesh & fed the people. Some of us have intentionally refused to break every yoke by kissing the past in works of the flesh to completely follow Christ, which may have caused a delay in ones progress. We who have received Christ Jesus are called to walk in Him, remain rooted & built up in Him & established in the faith, & abounding in it with thanksgiving (Col 2:6-7).
Shepherd of our souls take complete control of our lives & help us to break every evil yoke & follow You Jesus. Help us to disconnect from all attachments to fleshly things & seek first Your kingdom & Your righteousness Lord. Strengthen us Holy Spirit when our flesh is weak to dwell in the spirit which yields life for You have called us to be holy because You are holy. We seek Your direction & purpose in all aspects of our lives, hear us Father. Amen
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