1 Peter 2:20-25
Quickly review the last two days message:
WATCH THE CROWD YOU RUN AROUND WITH 2 Kings 2:1-15
You will sooner learn their bad habits then they will learn your good.
Look at Elisha; he made sure of being around the right crowd. The work of Elijah and Elisha has often been contrasted:
Elijah was a fiery prophet who suddenly appeared in a dramatic fashion, while Elisha was a faithful Pastor-prophet who ministered in a personal way to his people. Elijah belonged to the rugged hills, Elisha to the peaceful valleys. Elijah was a solitary servant, while Elisha enjoyed fellowship with the people. Elijah was a prophet of judgment who sought to turn the nation back to God, while Elisha was a minister of grace who called out “a remnant” before the nation was destroyed.
In 1 Kings 19:20, Elisha had promised to follow Elijah faithfully; and this he did in spite of opportunities to depart. He had been serving his master for about 10 years when he was told that Elijah was going to leave him. Had Elisha taken an easy route and stayed behind, he would have missed all the blessing of verse 9-15. Lesson: It pays to be faithful to your calling.
You will remember that years before Elijah asked God to kill him in the wilderness. Isn’t it wonderful that God does not answer all of our prayers? Elisha was a faithful follower, who followed his leader, and then God gave him more than a double portion for his faithfulness, not only to God but also his master.
Think of it, instead of God answering Elijah’s prayer to kill him, God took him home by a chariot of fire and whirlwind.
“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”
I like what Dr. Lee Roberson said, “There are four groups of people in every church:
Leaders: Someone who does what you tell him one time.
Workers: Those who carry out the vision of the leader.
Followers: Dr. Roberson only expects five things from this group: Go to church three times a week, tithe and go soul winning.
Those to be reached: That is anyone who is not in the first three groups. Be they lost or saved.
CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
Associate the words: Drink with Drunkard; dope and addict; lazy and poverty; bad habits and bad character, and remember a good rule to follow: Always think before you act.
Also remember that character is habit – good habits are formed by the proper and continuous repetition of doing the right thing.
Challenge to practice good habits!