Elisha is in the field doing what he does best… plowing. Elijah approaches and throws his mantle on him. Whatever this strange behavior can be taken for by our generation, for Elisha, he knew exactly what to do next.
Elisha takes his yoke of oxen, slaughters, cooks, and feeds them to the people of his town. Guess how he kindled the fire and cooked the oxen? Yeah, with the wood from his plows. Past life… gone. And Elisha followed Elijah. 1 Kings 19: 19-21
Want to hear a more modern version of this story? Fast forward to a day when Matthew was making a really good living as a tax collector. Jesus approaches him and simply says, “Follow Me.” Know what the Bible says next? Yeah… you know.
“So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.” Luke 5:28
And us… what about us? What about those of us who live thousands of years beyond the lives of Elisha and Matthew? Maybe we can find our right response in the words of Paul to the believers of the Philippian congregation.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14