As a child, my favorite week of the summer was the one I spent at a Christian youth camp. At the end of the week, I’d sit elbow-to-elbow with friends in front of an enormous bonfire. There, we would share what we had learned about God and the Bible and sing.  One song I still remember focused on deciding to follow Jesus.  The chorus contained an important phrase: “no turning back.”

When Elisha decided to follow the prophet Elijah, Elisha did something incredible that made it difficult, impossible really, for him to return to his prior occupation of farming. After going home and having a farewell banquet, Elisha “took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them” (1 Kings 19:21). Leaving his way of life, he burned up his plowing equipment.  He roasted the freshly butchered meat over the blaze and fed everyone present.  Then “(Elisha) set out to follow Elijah and became his servant” (v.21).

Giving ourselves to God, who deserves our devotion, often comes with a price.  At times, it means making difficult decisions about relationships, finances, and living arrangements.  However, nothing compares with what we gain when we continue on with Christ. Jesus said, “whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it” (Matt 16:25).

Jesus is looking for full time followers.


Taken from Our Daily Bread Daily Devotional 2017