2 Kings 2:1-10 (NIV)
When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho." And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?" “Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on. Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”
Over these past few weeks, like Jonah, we have decided to stop running from the assignment, learned that God will always bring clarity to your assignment which is why it is important to carry your lamp, and we were reminded of the qualities to possess when God has given us the favor for the assignment. Today, I want to encourage you that you are never alone on this journey because our triune God who never sleeps nor slumbers is with you always and he provides us mentors while on the assignment. Let's explore some biblical examples. Mary, mother of Jesus was mentored by Elizabeth, a woman who was filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom from God. Due to the wisdom she received from God and knows that the "Lord shall preserve you from all evil," Elizabeth did not condemn Mary rather blessed Mary and the baby in her womb. Another example is between Ruth and Naomi. Namoi, Ruth's mother-in-law taught Ruth the ways of God and Ruth was transformed. This lead Ruth to follow Naomi's advice exactly, which she knew was coming from the Lord. There is also Jonathan, a mighty warrior God-fearing man, who mentored David after he defeated Goliath. Jonathan made a covenant with David and even when adverse circumstances arose, Jonathan did no waiver from the covenant that was made. In addition, sometimes the mentors that God will send will not be the same sex, like with Mordecai and Esther. Esther was mentored by her uncle Mordecai on her journey to be queen, which ultimately impacted an entire nation when she made a plea for her people's lives to be spared. Last and certainly not least, the greatest mentoring example is Elijah and Elisha. This mentoring relationship directly relates to our text, "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” Elisha's ministry flourished because he served Elijah - a great prophet favored by God, who did not mind pouring into him. Elisha stayed close to Elijah even during difficult times because Elisha knew that God had greatness in store for him.
The common trend in all of these relationships is that a mentor is a godly person, who trusts God and uses the wisdom that God has given them to assists others in their journey. The mentor knows that God is our keeper and shade of perseverance. I encourage you all to know that God will strategically place mentors along your journey where trust, loyalty, and sacrificial love are present. Therefore, do your part and be open to letting others lead you on your journey, as long as the person is providing unconditional love, sacrificial investment, and unselfish joy at your advancement.