In II Kings 3:14 the prophet Elisha addressed the king of Israel, and he began his sentence with the phrase: “As YHWH of hosts lives, before whom I stand …”. This expression is significant for a couple of reasons, one of which challenges us regarding discipleship:
— First, this expression means that although Elisha was standing in the presence of 3 kings (Israel, Judah & Edom :9) he was also aware of the more significant fact that he also stood in the presence of God, and that he was accountable to Him!
— But it is also telling that Elisha was not the first to use this phrase. We see in I Kings 17:1 that the prophet Elijah had used it previously, when he prophesied to Ahab that there would be no rain. It is surely no “coincidence” that now Elisha, who had trained under Elijah, was using this same language. He had undoubtedly learned it from his master while he was a disciple of Elijah’s.
All good disciples learn from their mentors. If we are successful at following as disciples, we will surely pick up some of the vocabulary and best habits of our mentors. The question is: are we learning? Have we put ourselves in a position to learn as disciples like Elisha did — and is there evidence in our lives, like there was in Elisha’s, that we are actually picking up some of the best habits of our disciplers, and most importantly, are becoming more like our Lord, in what we say and do?