1 Kings 19, 21 – 2 Kings 2 – FINISHING WELL
Revelation 2:10 – …be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Many Christians have been faithful to the Lord for many years, but then began to falter in their service for God as they got older. Elijah was a mighty man of God who served God well (1 Kings 17-18). He had a period of depression (1 Kings 19), but then went on faithfully serving God to the end. Elijah shows us three principles to follow if we want to finish well.
PREPARE FOR THE WORK
Although Elijah would soon be off the scene, the work of God would continue. It was Elijah’s job to make sure that preparation was made so that the wok would go on after Elijah was gone. We too, should make preparations for our work to continue after we are no longer able to do that work.
1 Kings 19:15-17 – Elijah is assigned three specific tasks. One of these tasks was to anoint Elisha has his successor.
1 Kings 19:19-21 – Elisha is called and accepts the call. Elijah did not die right away, nor did Elisha take over right away. Verse 21 tells us that Elisha ministered to or served Elijah.
Elisha became a prophet in training. 2 Kings 3:11 describes Elisha as one who had been Elijah’s servant.
In 2 Kings 2, another group is mentioned called the “Sons of the Prophets”. These were others that were evidently also trained by Elisha.
Training others is a favorite theme in the Bible.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us that children are to be trained.
Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that Christians are to be trained.
2 Timothy 2:2 tells us that faithful men need to be trained.
We should prepare for the continuation of God’s work by training others.
PROCLAIM THE WORD
As long as God gave him something to say, Elijah proclaimed God’s message.
1 Kings 21 – He preached against the sin of Ahab towards Naboth.
2 Kings 1 – He preached against Ahaziah, the son of Ahab.
As long as we are able, we should faithfully proclaim the Word and witness for Christ. 2 Timothy 4:2
PRACTICE THE WALK
2 Kings 2 – Elijah walked with God until God took him to Heaven. He went where God directed him and proclaimed to Elisha what God told him. We need to faithfully walk with God until God calls us into His presence.