Often we think of discipleship as a uniquely New Testament idea. We all know the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. But we also see the pattern of discipleship even in the Old Testament. Today’s passage is a perfect example of this.
Elijah has called upon Elisha to pass the mantle of his leadership to. He finds Elisha faithfully working his craft, and casts his cloak upon him, indicating that he wants Elisha to follow him. Elisha is eager to follow, but he asks that he would be able to say farewell to his family first, which Elijah obliges. He then goes on to learn from and assist Elijah.
We can never have too many reminders of why it is so important for us to be pouring our lives into others, and seeking it out ourselves. It is important for us to be reminded because we often want to do things our own way and in our own power. But God has designed the church to function in such a way that relationships between older, more experienced believers are to aide the lives of younger ones.
Is there someone in your Connect Group or on your serve team that could benefit from the years of experience and lessons that God has brought you through? Take a bold step and initiate a time where you can invest in the life of another.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice