Never forget the cost of discipleship and the importance of having godly relationships in your life. Both of these essentials are expressed in this passage.
We see Elisha’s total abandonment of all things to follow this prophetic calling. The call to follow Jesus will also involve sacrificing certain things. It’s a privilege to follow Jesus, yet it’s also costly. But every true saint who has followed Jesus for years can testify that the reward reveals the sacrifice is actually quite small because Jesus is better than everything.
Then we also read in verse 21 how Elisha arose, followed Elijah, and assisted him—a picture of intimacy and companionship. In 2 Kings 2:12, Elisha called Elijah “father,” indicating the intimacy the two shared. Remember, Elijah had previously been isolated and discouraged. But now he received the blessing of being with Elisha and preparing him for the work ahead.
Who are the people in your life who bring you spiritual refreshment? Thank God for them.