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t happened in such an unremarkable  always trust Him to provide.
            way. No booming voice split the skies   But Elisha’s new work was just as unim-
        Ito address him. No fiery flash grabbed   pressive as his initial call. Yes, he would
        his attention. He was simply prodding the   perform magnificent miracles and be God’s
        oxen along in the field when a man stepped   mouthpiece in days to come, but not at the
        forward and threw his robe at him. But the   beginning. Elisha “arose, and went after
        robe hurler was Elijah and the farmer knew   Elijah, and ministered unto him” (v21 KJV).
        what it meant. Elisha recognized both the   He was later referred to as “Elisha the son
        person to whom the robe belonged and   of Shaphat, which poured water on the
        the significance of its being cast upon him.   hands of Elijah” (2Ki 3:11 KJV). Pouring
        As the account from 1 Kings 19 indicates,   water over the hands before and after meals
        Elisha was being called to special service,   was a sign of respect shown by a servant
        to eventually succeed Elijah as the Lord’s   to a master. So Elisha went from plowing
        prophet.                             fields to pouring water. Not a very exciting
          The divine summons was so ordinary.   transition.
        The whirlwind, fiery horses and flaming   Understanding our call to no-frills minis-
        chariot would come much later in the Eli-  try is critically important. None of us have
        sha story to sweep away his predecessor.
        But the call itself was certainly without   been commissioned to cast out demons and
        thrills. This is how the Lord usually calls   heal the sick, but we are called to serve the
        us. Every one of us will likely have times   Lord and do His will, whatever that might
        when God suddenly summons us to some   mean,  wherever  it  might  be,  whatever
        special service. We’re well past the age   it might cost. Some are easily lured into
        of burning bushes, glorious visions and   “exciting” ministry opportunities, hoping
        blinding lights. God’s call normally comes   to be part of something grand. Some want
        through His written Word, His enablement   to be recognized and admired. Most of us
        and being impressed by a definite need.   have more of James and John within us
        And since God has the right to command   than we care to admit (Mar 10:37).
        our obedience, we should always be ready   We need men and women who will
        to do His will, no matter where it takes us  respond to the call to ordinary Christian
        or what it costs.                    service, who will simply carry on the un-
          Speaking  of  cost,  if  there’s  anything   glamorous work of those before us, and
        dramatic  about  Elisha’s  calling,  it’s  his   who will do so without having to let the
        response to it. By killing his pair of oxen  world know all about it. And although the
        and burning them with the wood from  call itself may be without thrills, the work
        their yoke (v21), his sacrifice indicated that  may have its thrilling moments. The big
        he was done with his previous work and  thrill occurs after the work is done, when
        would depend upon the Lord to meet his  as servants we will stand before the Master
        needs in his new sphere of service. God’s  – “then each one will receive his commenda-
        call always comes with a cost, but we can  tion from God” (1Co 4:5 ESV).

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