Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 19: Year 1
“Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you:” (2nd Kings 2:1 and 2).
The need for every person to latch on to a good mentor cannot be overstated. We follow people in trades to learn how to earn a living. We follow people in professions to learn how to be doctors and lawyers and such. It is the natural course of humanity to find and follow someone who has the skills or knowledge that we want, and to stick with them no matter what.
We stick with them until we are self-sufficient in the area of concern wherein we too should welcome the company of an apprentice. Whether its mentor – protégé or master – apprentice; the point is that we need to work with those who are right-minded and decent in their relations with others. Elisha found in Elijah the power of the Spirit of God and would not leave him.
We too, as followers of our Lord Jesus, must look for the Jesus quality in those we admire. Personally, I am not going to dedicate myself to the service of someone who has the musical skills that I want if the gifted person is rude, unloving, and self-serving. I don’t want the skills that bad. Trying to work with someone whose antisocial behavior is less than what it should be, with the idea that we will just copy the good parts of the person, doesn’t work. We will begin to copy the undesirable parts as well, also, we mislead the mentor in thinking he or she is ok. No, it would be better to just not get involved in any capacity.
There are plenty of good believing people in every endeavor we want to pursue. Also, today, we can start in one field of study with one good mentor, and also follow another good mentor in a totally different field of study or skill. The key, at least for me, is to make sure my leaders, my mentors, my masters are good, loving and faithful people. This is the kind of person I strive to be every day.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light:” (Matthew 11:28-30). Our Lord Jesus was, and is, the perfect mentor master, leader and teacher. He did, and continues to do, all his teaching through love for us. Let us do the same and for the same reasons.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John