1 Kings 19:19-21

1 Kings 19:19-21

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So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

-1 Kings 19:19-21


Elijah found Elisha plowing in the fields and “cast his cloak upon him.” Elisha’s “anointing” happens not with a pouring of oil, but rather with the throwing of Elijah’s cloak. Elisha seemed to understand the significance of the move and immediately left the oxen and ran after Elijah. Elisha slaughters the oxen that had previously provided his livelihood and makes a very powerful vocational commitment. There is no turning back to Elisha’s former way of life. Elisha was called by God to be the successor to Elijah and he was faithful to the very end, never leaving Elijah’s side.


While God calls people in different ways, today every believer is a priest of God (1 Pet. 2:5,9) and in some sense called to represent the Lord even if your occupation is secular. As believers in Christ, we are God’s representatives and called into ministry. Part of this may occur in the work place, part in your home, part in your neighborhood, and part in your church, etc. What has God called you to do? As servants of God, we must remember that we are accountable to Him for what we do with our lives. What is God prompting you to do?

Spend time in prayer meditating on what God has taught you today.