Let us consider the case of Elisha. I Kings 19:19 – 21: “So he departed thence and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yokes of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, let me, I pray thee, kiss my father, and my mother, and then I will follow thee.
And he said unto him, go back again: for what have I done to thee? And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, ministered unto him.”
The passage is talking about the call of Elisha. The Lord led Elijah to cast his mantle on him, indicating God’s call on his life. We can learn some lessons from this passage.
- The immediate response of Elisha to God’s call: The Bible says he ran after Elijah. A lot of us today know that God is calling us to specific things, but we find excuses to delay our response to His call. We procrastinate and by this, abuse His grace upon our lives. For you to receive the mantle of power, you have to immediately respond to God’s call. A lot of us would say that until this and that are fulfilled in our lives, we would not be ready to respond. If you really desire the mantle of power for yourself, you have to make up your mind to respond urgently to God’s call.
- Elisha made preparations to follow Elijah diligently without looking back: He decided to give his parents a parting kiss. The Bible says that he took a yoke of oxen, slew them and boiled the flesh with the instrument of the oxen and gave people to eat.
- He organized a farewell party with all he had to tell his family that he was leaving them to follow the Lord wholeheartedly and there would not be an occasion to turn back even if the way becomes tough. And even if he wanted to look back, there would be nothing to look back on.
There is a need for you to prepare yourself as you respond to God’s call. You need to be ready to bear whatever it will cost you to follow the Lord.
You need to be sure that you are not following Him just because of the earthly benefits that you will receive, but because of the eternal value attached.
You need to count the cost if you need the mantle of power because if there is anything pulling you back as you respond, the fullness of the power will not be made manifest in your life.
There is a need for you to prepare your home, check yourself and environment, because you cannot receive the mantle of power and be idle. God will endue you with power for a purpose. And the purpose may be hardyokesbut you will make preparations for it.
The Israelites had no water until they dug the ditches. (2 Kings 3:16). There was no healing for Naaman until he had the seven dips. There was no oil until the vessels were gathered. And Jesus did not turn water to wine until the vessels were filled with water.
There can be no harvest until the ground has been broken up. So you need to break your fallow ground. There can be no reconciliation without repentance, and no entrance into heaven without being cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.
Beloved, you need to count the cost and be ready to pay the price. What is the price? You must be ready to surrender your life and lay your all on the altar of God.
- Elisha did not make provision for any eventuality: He did not try to keep anything he would fall back on in case things did not go on well with the call of God.
- The Bible says that he slew the oxen with the instrument thereof and it was not done gradually. He submitted totally. Unlike a lot of people would say, “I am trying, let me do it gradually.”
- God wants an entire submission. A lot of people are not flowing deeply in the power of God because they are yielding gradually.
- They don’t want to give all unto the Lord. They still consider some things in the world dear to them better than the riches of God’s glory. The Bible says that after bidding his family farewell, Elisha arose and went after Elijah, and became his servant.
There will not be a quickening by the Holy Spirit until we are ready to give our all unto the Lord.
The glory of the Lord will not be made manifest until all is laid at the altar. Elisha followed God diligently and the fullness of His power came upon him. 2 Kings 2:11-14: “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
And Elisha saw it, and he cried My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his yokesclothes, and rent them in two pieces.
He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.” He finally received the mantle of power.