19:21 – so Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke 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.
BIBLE STUDY: 1 Kings 19:19-21
Immediately Elisha received the call to serve, he killed his livestock,
gave away the farming implements, and followed Elijah the man of God. He
burned the bridge between his past and future. Many today who have
giving their lives to Christ are yet to burn the bridge between their
past and future. After giving our lives to Christ, the first thing we
need to do is to destroy anything that ties us to our former life. 2
Corinthians 5:17 says therefore is any man be in Christ, he is a new
creation: old things are passed way; behold, all things are become new.
As new birth bachelors and spinsters we no longer need to keep birth
control pills and contraception. These things are for fornicators not
for singles who are born again. We no longer need to keep clothes that
expose parts of the body that is meant to be covered so we need to
dispose off those clothing. We no longer need the contacts of our old
lovers because we now have a new lover which is Christ.
Elisha kill the livestock and give away his farming implements? He that
to avoid backsliding. He knew if kept the animals and farming
implements, he could be tempted to backslide. Elisha knew that his
attention will be divided between his oxen (past) and Elijah (future).
Because of this he decided to forego his past for a glorious future
ahead. We need to do away with our sinful past so as to avoid destroying
our glorious future. The chances of back-sliding are very high when
after giving our lives to Christ, we are still in close contact with our
ex-lovers; still keep birth control pills and contraception ; still
keep friends we used to commit sin with. If they have giving their life
to Christ no problem but if they have not we have nothing in common
again. After giving my life to Christ, the first thing I did was to
dispose off every material that does not glory Christ in my life. I
confiscated CDs, novels, DVDs, cards, e.t.c . After that I went to
preach to all my lovers both new and old. I politely told of all of them
that I am a new creation and I am no longer who I used to be. I
preached to my friends but I was still hanging out with them. I noticed
that this was affecting my spiritual life so I gave everyone up and
stopped calling them. I noticed that immediately I did this, I began to
grow spiritually. It is true I lost very close friends but I gained the
most valuable friend any man can have which Is Jesus. Why did Jesus ask
the rich man to give all he had away and follow Him, Matthew 19:21? So
that once he starts following Him, his riches and wealth will not draw
him back from serving Jesus. When Jesus called Peter, he did not destroy
his boats . Immediately Jesus was crucified, Peter went back to
fishing, John 21:1-6.
ACTION POINT: Make a list of what is affecting your walk with Christ and begin to take measures to deal with them.