Read 1 Peter 2:20-25
Many of us save the best till last in eating a meal. Do the menial tasks first and save the best till last and ask yourself: “What don’t I like to do, but know that I should?”
IV. DO NOT START A BAD HABIT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
If you do not start, you’ll not have a problem in later years. In other word’s don’t tell the first lie and you will not become a liar. Don’t steal the first time and you will not become a thief. Don’t have bad thoughts and you will not have a sex problem when older, etc.
V. 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 have 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 vserses 9-15. Lesson: It pays to be faithful to your calling.
TO B CONCLUDED TOMORROW!