“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.” 1 Kings 19:21
Here we are again, it is good to just let the Scriptures speak.
What Jesus said:
“27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple (Luke 14).”
What Elisha did:
“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.” 1 Kings 19:21
Every servant of God is called to make the same commitment that Elisha did, “take up cross daily, deny self, and follow the Lord (Luke 9:23)”. This means that you and I must follow the example of Elisha and sacrifice some things on God’s altar, allow some things to burn. You cannot look backward and forward at the same time. Remember Lot’s wife.
The application question:
Is it possible that you are looking back or clinging to things that need to be let go? Is it possible that the old life is hindering your service to the Lord? Are there some attitudes, actions, issues of the heart that you need to allow the Word and Spirit of God to burn?
Every believer is called to follow the same pattern as Elisha: rise, count the cost, leave the past behind, deny self, and follow Jesus. It is just flat out impossible to do this if our lives are self-centered instead of God-centered, if it’s about our own glory instead of God’s, if we are lovers of the flesh rather than the Spirit. Ask God to show you the ‘you’ He knows. Remember, He looks at the heart not the outward appearance. Repent of any action, thought, attitude that is not of Him. Ask the Lord to strengthen you to take up your cross, deny self, and follow Him day by day, moment by moment.