So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast them. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant (1 Kings 19:21, NLT)
Are you all in?
When God calls you to work and worship, to lean into your spiritual gifts and use them to the best of your ability, to do your best in all you do on the job, are you all in?
Or, do you hold back? Even a little?
Just in case you heard God’s call wrong. Or, in case it doesn’t work out. Or, in case they lied to you about this position.
Elisha is a farmer. He’s doing pretty well for himself—a family, a farm, livestock and crops. Fairly prosperous compared with his neighbors’ standard of living. A fellow could do worse, you know?
Along comes the prophet Elijah, a man who had made it rain in a drought, stop raining and cause a drought, called down fire from heaven, floated an ax head in a stream, made a generous widow’s supply of olive oil miraculously multiply, defeated Jezebel’s heathen prophets in a showdown of cosmic proportions, and so on. Elijah was a force to be reckoned with in all things God.
It was time for him to call an assistant, an apprentice to learn the ways of all things God so the work of representing the Most High could carry on.
God instructed Elijah to call Elisha to be the next in line.
Elisha’s new work would be about as far from farming as you can imagine. There would be no land to till. He would be itinerant. No crops to plant. He would pull up to other people’s tables. No oxen to work. He would walk from town to town.
The safe course of action would have been for Elisha to say, “Okay, I hear this call. I’ll take it on for 90 days to see how it goes. Then we’ll re-evaluate and determine our next steps.”
A kind of right-to-work deal with God.
Instead, he went all in.
Nothing held back.
The first thing he did was slaughter all of his oxen. Dead oxen plow no fields.
Second, he broke up the plows into firewood and started a fire suitable for roasting oxen. Kindling makes a poor plow.
Next he invited all of his friends and neighbors to the ox-pickin’. Who doesn’t love free food?
Then and only then, when there was no recourse, no returning home, he went with Elijah as his assistant.
Elisha was all in with God’s call to apprentice with Elijah.
Are you all in with God’s call?
What do you need to slaughter to follow God’s path for your work life?
Anything to break up and start a blaze with that’s holding you back?
God’s call on your work is all consuming.
You’re either all in or all out.
Go all in on God’s call right now. Ask God to kill whatever holds you back. Pray for a fire to start in your heart and burn up anything unnecessary for the journey ahead.
Go all in and work Faith Positive so you increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
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