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Total commitment is key to becoming a disciple of God.

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[Darris McNeely] We've been covering a series on BT Daily here about becoming a disciple. Today I want to go back to the story of Elisha, the servant of the prophet Elijah, and the mentoring process that took place there as Elisha became the disciple of Elijah. In that example is a story about commitment.

The story begins, actually, in the gospels, when Jesus said to His disciples that "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." That's in Luke chapter 9, and beginning in verse 62 and the verses following that (Luke 9:62 Luke 9:62And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
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). When He said that, Jesus's disciples would know exactly what He was referring to by "putting one's hand to the plow" – they would have to go back to the story of Elisha. Elisha, when he was called by Elijah – the story tells us back in the books of Kings – that he burned his plow, he killed his oxen, and he basically severed and burned all of his bridges to the profession that he had, which was a farmer, to become a disciple of Elijah (1 Kings 19:19-21 1 Kings 19:19-21 [19] So he departed there, 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 on him. [20] And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray you, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you. And he said to him, Go back again: for what have I done to you? [21] And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered to him.
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Now, when you look very carefully in that story of Elijah and Elisha, you see the example of commitment – because Elisha stayed with Elijah all the way to the end of his life. You remember the story of Elijah, how he was taken up into the sky at the time of his departure, and that's where he disappears from the story in Scripture. On that day that it happened, Elisha was wanting to be with Elijah all the way to the end. And he was. It's in 2 Kings chapter 2 where we have that story – 2 Kings chapter 2, and the majority of that particular chapter. And what happens, if you look in verse 4, Elijah said to Elisha, "'Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.' But he said, 'As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you,'" Elisha said to Elijah. And so they came to Jericho. And, Elisha even, at one point in the story, asked for a double portion of the power that Elijah had, and Elijah's response to him was "If you stay with me to the end, it will happen. It will take place" (2 Kings 2:4-10 2 Kings 2:4-10 [4] And Elijah said to him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray you; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho. [5] And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said to him, Know you that the LORD will take away your master from your head to day? And he answered, Yes, I know it; hold you your peace. [6] And Elijah said to him, Tarry, I pray you, here; for the LORD has sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And they two went on. [7] And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. [8] And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided here and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. [9] And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you, before I be taken away from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be on me. [10] And he said, You have asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so to you; but if not, it shall not be so.
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And as you read on through the story, Elisha did stay with Elijah until the moment when he was taken up into the skies and disappears from Elisha's view – and from the story, commitment. Commitment is what it takes to truly be a disciple of God, a disciple of Jesus Christ.

You know, commitment is one of those matters that is very, very rare for us to consider today. Committing to a relationship, committing to a marriage, committing to a job, committing to a friendship, is something that takes a lot of work, takes a lot of effort, and if we don't understand that at times, especially when it comes to the major commitments of life, especially with marriage, then we're going to be tempted to leave. We're going to be tempted to divorce, or to just quit – on a person, on a job, on a relationship. We don't want to be that way.

Most of all, we want to stay until the end with a commitment that we have made to God and to Jesus Christ. To learn something, to be a true disciple, takes that commitment – putting one's hand to the plow. Learn that, and we're on the road to being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

That's BT Daily. Join us next time.