“Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might: and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all”(1 Chronicles 29:12).
“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God”(Psalms 62:11). Elisha was a violent youth. The day he accepted to follow the Lord, he burnt his bridges.
A bridge is every link with your sinful past capable of returning you to that sin. They must be burnt. This is why in Matthew 5:29-30 Jesus says that you must cut off such relationships and put paid to backsliding in your life. Sometimes the person capable of taking you back into Egypt may be as close and precious to you as your right eye or hand. Cut off the fellow if you do not want to go to hell.
Elisha recognized the power of material wealth because his father was wealthy. Beyond this, he knew it is transient according to Proverbs 23: 5. In addition, he realized that riches had it’s own attendant problems and that the rich are not usually the happiest of men. Elisha chose God among all other options.
Many youths find it difficult to truly follow the Lord because they are pursuing wealth that can easily fly away (Eccl 5:10-12).
What are you pursuing? What is engaging your heart, time and resources today?
Seek the Lord and you will find Him and all the material blessings will follow.
Elisha served God violently. 2 Kings 3:11 says that he poured water on the hands of his master. He was prepared to make any sacrifice just to be outstanding in serving God. Paul says he is not only willing to use up all his resources for God but also to be spent for Him (2 Corinthians 12:15).
I pray, you can resolve today to be violent in your service for the Lord. Whatever strength you have, actively engage it in seeking the Lord and in making the world a better place, starting with your family and local community.
To be spent for God is to be used until you expire. Don’t tire before you expire.
Stay blessed, saved, safe and RAPTURABLE in Jesus Christ Name Amen.