There’s a character in the bible, namely Elisha, whom God called to continue the ministry of an enigmatic prophet, Elijah and there was a certain issue he had to address before the Lord granted him the double-portion of anointing which will then help him to fulfill God’s will as indicated in the books of 1 and 2 Kings. His story challenges us to figure out, with a godly perspective, how can we input our Lord’s vision in spite of the tyranny of ordinary that we’re experiencing in our life because of monotony – the sameness and exhausting repetition of our work, studies, family situations, ministry, relationships and so forth. In Elisha’s story, the Bible didn’t specify how he did his decisive action of responding to God’s call in assuming Elijah’s prophetic ministry. But here’s the gist of it:
When Elisha received the cloak of prophet Elijah – symbolizing the “passing” of his ministry, Elisha literally ran off from his daily work in the field of his boss’s oxen, which is by the way a mundane, messy job that makes you dirty and smell awfully. By that time, there’s no internet or other things that can fill in our 24 hours of availability, so imagine what kind of a lifestyle he had. Anyway, he did a sort of symbolic thing that can give us an idea of what we should do after receiving God’s calling. He burnt the oxen of his boss to eat in celebration of his new found purpose. Now that’s some kind of a rude thing to do in my perspective but during his time and according to the culture of that time, it wasn’t. Notice that he burnt the things that had to do with his ordinary old life. The same applies for us. We need to burn some familiar habits or other things that pull us back from our journey to God. Elisha set off without looking back to pursue his divine calling, thereby, leaving his usual life of just working and surviving.
In our generation today, I know that there are a lot of things that slow us down in our pursuit of God. Even I cannot commit on leaving all things that I’ve been normally doing in my life and most certainly, I am not suggesting that we should leave them all behind and be a total hermit. The point is, it is our responsibility to learn how to ignite God’s vision in our daily life regardless of how different and inevitable things work now in our age. When we give a go signal to God’s plan for us, He will do the showing, including the supplication, of His mighty works as we meet His expectation of radical obedience and humility. Every fleeting moment of our existence, we are given the privilege to feel greater about our life, to feel secure about our identity, to feel confident in our relationship with God and to have an even more effective and greater impact in our surroundings. These things that God promised to do as we take a single step of faith will push us much closer to Him. For the trials that we are about to face, He’s equipping us to battle against our enemies through our belief and faith in His name. Yes, there is a price to pay and it could be heavy – or worse deadly. But He has given us the power to conquer everything as Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18-23. We are just not enlightened about it and we don’t know how to convert it as our strength.
Finally, the challenge laid down upon us, at least to those of us who believe in Jesus, is to stand out and make a greater difference in this turmoiled world, even faceless and without recognition, for His increase alone. I pray that God may open the eyes of our hearts that we may begin to see things in His perspective.
Joanna Lois Albesa is a working Filipina student in Italy who aspires to be a businesswoman. She is a Christian – Born Again and enjoys writing about her life experiences to inspire the young people of her generation. She blogs at tornoutpage.com.
Editor’s Note: The author wrote the previous reflection after reading the book Greater by Steven Furtick.