Elijah is the mentor, and Elisha the protege in the story found in 2 Kings 2.
Mentors oftentimes express reluctance to teach their proteges all they know, partly because they are unsure if the person is ready to go the whole way. To ascertain that matter, the proteges are put to a simple test of commitment.
Elijah first told Elisha to “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.’
Next, he says, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
All the while, Elisha being a smart protege answered something in the lines of, “As long as you are alive, I will never leave you.”
As though the two tests weren’t enough, Elijah tried a third time, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me to Jordan.”
Bethel. Jericho. Jordan. Elijah, why?
Elisha would not budge. He was prepared to go on with Elijah.
And as he passed the tests, he scaled through the hurdles in the way of his promotion. He had shown sufficient commitment to the mission and ministry.
Do-something persons always go the whole length, for they never know when they’ll stumble on something amazing.
Same with Ruth. Ruth was bent on following Naomi withersoever she was to go. Even when Orpah, certainly not Oprah, got discouraged and returned to her people, Ruth stayed the whole course. And she met her Boaz in the process.
Finally, Elijah gave the condition for receiving a double portion of his spirit: “If you will see me when I am taken from you , it shall be so for you.” Bless God, Elisha saw him, and got a double portion of his spirit.
A lot of us youngsters might be connected to a person whom God has placed in our lives to help us get to where we ought to be. Let us not give up too easily or bend to their suggestion to wait where we are, rather let us go forward with them, for in going forward lies our blessing and promotion.
Keep doing something!
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