1 Kings 19:19-20
19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
There are times we wonder why people reject us when God told us to anoint them for service. Some obviously choose to obey flesh rather than the Spirit of God. Just leave them and the rest leave to God.
Elijah was of course upset when Elisha refused to follow him when he threw the mantle at him. 1 Kings 19:19-20. Throwing the mantle was a prophetic act that at the end of his journey on earth Elisha desires the mantle so much that he never lose sight of where Elijah was heading. Some of the acts we do, we don’t even know they were prophetic until it fulfills the word given to us. Only God knows what is to come.
He also did not know Elisha’s heart. Elisha has accountability to his parents and have to make provisions before he could follow Elijah.
Finally we saw he followed Elijah after performing his duty as a son. God is looking for a true son to serve Him. Many believers are not true sons. A true son will perform according to every instruction of the Lord – accountability and good stewardship, submissive, servanthood and patience. Pro 4:20-26.
Elisha was a true son. We need true sons as our disciples. 1 Kings 19.21. A true son is willing to be a servant. Humility is what God is seeking in us. The prodigal son eventually becomes a true son after tasting the harshness of the world and realizing the goodness of his father. Never did he expect the gift of a ring and a new robe to govern the house. He was prepared to be his father’s servant. We should not be like his elder brother full of anger, jealousy and non submissive to the father by questioning his forgiveness of his brother and welcoming him with great celebration. Jesus gave this parable warning us against the attitude of a pharisee – prideful, boastful and full of hypocrisy.
So don’t give up on your prodigal son and daughter. Pray for them to be true sons and daughters of God.