1 KINGS 19:19–21


19 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. 20 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?” 21 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

I. God’s Call Sends Some of Us Back to Difficulty

A. When God Calls You to Serve Him, Do it Immediately

B. When God Calls You to Serve Him, Do it Obediently

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

C. When God Calls You to Serve Him, Do it Invincibly

II. God Calls Most of us in the Midst of the Ordinary

III. God Calls All of Us to Understand That His Purpose and Plan will Go On in the World

Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18

Respond Decisively

A. Have Decisiveness That Refuses to Look Back

“I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home. No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61

B. Have Decisiveness That Burns Bridges Behind You

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” Then one of the king of Israel’s servants answered, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” 2 Kings 3:11,



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