Today's devotion is based on 1 Kings 19:21, "[Elisha] took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant."
In our Bible reading for today, we hear about a man named Elisha, who was willing to give up the things of this world to follow God. When the prophet Elijah threw his cloak over Elisha and called him to be trained as a prophet, Elisha showed his total commitment to the Lord by burning his plow and slaughtering his oxen. He was willing to let go of his home, job, and family to do the work that the Lord had called him to do.
Although God may not have called you to be a prophet, he does call on you to follow him. As your Creator and the only one who can provide forgiveness for your sins and eternal life in heaven, he deserves your full commitment. And because he is a faithful and loving God, you can be sure he is worth following.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, Creator, and sustainer of all things, help me let go of earthly things when they keep me from following you. In Jesus' holy name, I pray. Amen