As a young girl, one of my favorite times during the summer was when I spent a week at Girl Scout camp. At the end of the week, I’d sit elbow-to-elbow with my new girl scout buddies in front of an enormous bonfire. There, we would share our adventures of the week, sing, and also receive any new badges earned too. It was a bitter sweet moment. Happy that we were with friends and going back home to family. Yet sad, knowing our week of fun and adventure was nearing a close.
Thinking back on this time, brought to mind when Elisha decided to follow the prophet Elijah, Elisha did something incredible that made it difficult, impossible really, for him to return to his prior occupation of farming.
After going home and having a farewell banquet, Elisha “took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them” 1 Kings 19:21.. Leaving his way of life, he burned up his plowing equipment. He roasted the freshly butchered meat over the blaze and fed everyone present. Then “[Elisha] arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
Giving ourselves to God, who deserves our devotion, often comes with a price and at times produce moments of difficulty. Yes, at times, it will mean making difficult decisions about friendships/relationships, employment/finances, and letting go of things that require making changes in our lives. However, nothing compares with what we gain when we continue on with Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”Matthew 16:25
The Girl scout adventures were great, and I have many fond memories. Yet, living a life following Jesus Christ is the greatest adventure I’ve ever been on, and the destination will be Heaven for us who choose to follow Him wholeheartedly.
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