The Good Disciple
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 1-3; Psalm 82; 1 Timothy 1
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 2:1-18
For those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we know that we are called to be His disciples. When most of us think of the word disciple, we automatically think of the twelve original disciples of Jesus. We think about all that they did as they followed Jesus during His life, and all that they did after His death. As we try to live our lives as Jesus’ disciples, we often try to model our behavior around those twelve men, and it can be easy for us to forget that they did not always set the best example for us to follow. For example, Jesus’ disciples often had moments of weakened faith, and they often had moments when they seemed to forget who it was they were following. Moreover, when Jesus was arrested every one of them deserted Jesus, and Peter even denied knowing Him three times. Of course, most of the original disciples would go on to be great men following Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and would start the church, and it is in those areas where we should follow their example. In today’s key passage, we find another example of a good disciple, and to some surprise, we find it in the Old Testament. Many Christians would never think to look at the Old Testament for a model disciple, but we find one in the story of Elisha.
Elisha was a disciple of Elijah in the traditional sense of the word, meaning that Elisha was Elijah’s pupil. In today’s key passage, Elisha knew that God was going to take Elijah up to Heaven soon. Three times Elijah told Elisha that he did not have to follow him, but every time Elisha stayed true to his mission, providing a perfect contrast to Peter’s three denials of Christ. Elisha realized that his job was to follow Elijah wherever he led, and there was nothing that was going to stop him from fulfilling that mission. Each time Elisha and Elijah arrived in a town, they were met by prophets who tried to discourage Elisha from continuing to follow Elijah because he was about to be taken away, but Elisha never strayed. Elisha was a model follower, and his faith in Elijah and in God were unshakable. He knew that Elijah was God’s messenger, and he was determined to stay faithful. As his final request of Elijah, Elisha asked to be given the ability to carry on Elijah’s work in the world, and when Elijah was taken up in a chariot of fire, Elisha never had any doubts that Elijah was taken to Heaven to be with God.
As you work to become a good disciple of Christ, follow the example set by Elisha. Realize that your job is to follow Jesus wherever He leads, and do not let anything stop you from fulfilling that mission. When others try to discourage you from continuing to follow Christ, do not stray. Let your faith in Jesus be unshakable, and ask Him for the ability to carry on His work in the world, never doubting that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father. When we follow the example of Elisha, we can truly be called good disciples.
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- God Always has his “Seven Thousand.” A Meditation on hope from the Story of Elijah (adw.org)
- 2 Kings 2 – Elijah Taken To Heaven (graceofourlord.com)
- Week 27 (aprilbiblein1year.wordpress.com)
- Elisha, the boys and the bears (thesaltlick.tv)