Have you broken your “Plow” or left your boat, like Peter?

Dear Saints of Living God – Grace and Mercy to you and your family!

Sorry for the long silence, the last 2 weeks has been amazing in so many ways – we were able to wrap up the Back to School event, and this is one of the successful events in the last 4 years, we have had over 90% of the bags picked up…   what it means is, we are gaining respect with the families.   Then, we were worked in sending 18 of our children to college…  with this, we have 38 children in college, isn’t the Lord, amazing!

Let us jump into the pages of 1 Kings, and look at a prophet named Elisa… you might say,  why are talking about Elisha, instead of Elijah?   Isn’t Elijah, the one who killed the prophets of Baal, called the fire to come down from heaven twice, multiplied the tiny oil into for the widow, and was taken into heaven… yes, yes, and yes… I am not discounting any of Elijah’s miracle but there is something very special about Elisha, that we cannot pass by…  Yes, Elijah did 8 miracles, but see – Elisha has done double the miracles (16 of them).

What are some of the defining moments of Elisha…  the very first time, when Elijah saw Elisha, he was in the field plowing with his oxen, and when Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha, he left everything that he had (his oxen) and went after Prophet Elijah.    You might say,  we have done it too… I am sure – but then, he goes to the prophet and says, I want to kiss and say good bye to his mom and dad…   and here is what i believe, what separates Elisha from any of the prophets that came before or the ones that came after.

1 Kings 19:21, “So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.”

All Elisha possessed was,  pair of oxen and the plowing equipment, and he goes back home – burns the equipment and kills the oxen as a sacrifice…

what is he doing? leaving nothing behind, to come back to.   When we go after our passion, or even our calling – we are like peter, leave our boats behind, so if this Jesus thing doesn’t work, we can go back to fishing.   I am not writing this for you, but instead for me to read this meditation, because I am have done something very recently – and so, equally guilty for leaving behind my share of boats!   I am tired of this, “safe-zone”, Luke-warm Christianity…

The fact that Elisha was able to raise a kid from being dead (a miracle, only Jesus has done in the bible) or detoxes the poison from a vegetable pot to save the prophets, or saves the children of Israel from Syrian army… doesn’t make him stand out – but when the king orders his head to cut off, because of the famine… he never got exhausted of his work and ran away from the city, he stood there and prophesied that food will become plentiful.

Why is that?   Elisha has nothing to go after,  he has already burned his oxen and his plowing equipment.    Again, I am not trying to make you feel guilty,  but instead ask you and me to search through our lives and see, how much do we trust this “Jesus” thing?   If we don’t have guts to burn our plows, I pray and ask God to give us the courage to do so… because in the end, it is about how well did we live for Christ…

Will God be able to trust us to complete what we have started for His Kingdom?   In this world, we will have trials and tribulation – in fact, the enemy will increase the heat, when his kingdom is rattled…  Just as Jesus said in Luke 9, we cannot put our hands on the plow and then look back…

My prayer for you and me is, that the Lord will give us the courage to break our plows and kill our oxen, so we can trust Him with all of our heart, our mind and our soul.     It is easy to be Elijah, and I am sure, we will have our share of miracles, but the Lord is calling you and me to be like, Elisha… so, we can see the double portion of the miracle!

May the good Lord Bless you!