by Barry Beebe
There were many great events in Elijah’s life and he impacted Israel as a spokesman of God. I would suggest that one of his greatest accomplishments was finding Elisha to replace him in ministry. In 1 Kings 19, God speaks to him about Elisha and when he finds him, he casts his mantle upon him signifying that he, Elisha, had been called of God for a prophet’s ministry.
In our day and age we need to be finding, identifying, challenging and motivating men and women to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of just asking for volunteers and hoping a good person will respond, let us seek out people whom God has laid on our heart and encourage them to step forward for God.
Our local churches often have many ministries that are understaffed or faltering for lack of leaders. Let us personally and courageously call on key individuals to take on these tasks. This is one of the responsibilities of pastors, elders and deacons as they seek to move God’s work forward.
The need for Christian leaders in the vast regions of the earth is overwhelming. Missionaries, evangelists, youth workers, pastors, church planters, etc. are all in very short supply. Not every believer is called to full-time Christian leadership in other areas but surely some are, yet why so few?
I believe every Christian home, every Christian school, every local church, every Christian camp and every Christian organization needs to be listening to God and seeking to find new Elishas for the ministry.
Acts 13 is a wonderful example of the Holy Spirit speaking to His people and identifying Paul and Barnabas as His choice for ministry. The elders went to them and laid hands on them and eventually sent them forth as Christian servants/leaders.
We need a new generation of Christian workers! We need Elijahs who will listen to God and find Elishas! We need Elishas who will go forth to the ends of the earth for Christ.
This article appears in the November 2009 Open Bible Bulletin.