Grace and peace unto you.
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father!… (2 Kings 2:11-12).
Are you mentoring someone to carry on the Lord’s work when he calls you home? No one lives this earthly life forever, hence it is only a matter of time before you go home to meet your maker. The story is told that Joshua conquered 31 territories, according to God’s instructions. Even so, when he was old, God informed him that there were still large areas of land to capture (Joshua 13:1).
Irrespective of when we leave this earth, whether in old age or during youthful years, there will still work left to be done. God expects us to mentor someone to carry on his work. Elijah passed on the mantle to his protégé Elisha who was approved by God. God chose Joshua who was Moses’ aide to be his successor. Elisha and Joshua would have learned the relevant lessons from their mentors to successfully carry on the Lord’s work.
God has favored you. He has given you wisdom, knowledge, understanding and connections, to name a few of his blessings. You have lived a successful life in his eyes. Now, he is asking you to seek his face and he will help you identify your protégé. He will be someone who loves him wholeheartedly and honors his name. Scripture says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Heavenly Father, thank you for those whom you have chosen to carry on your work. Help us to seek your face and obey your instructions. In Jesus’ name, amen.