You and I might quickly look at two boys arguing over who gets to keep a birthday balloon or two distraught women seeking justice when only one baby is left between them, and try to figure out which one is “right.” A longing to be right is often at the heart of so many of our divisions.
Am I being a mentor? I made the claim yesterday that the powerful mentor/mentee relationship of Elijah to Elisha is something modern leaders should emulate today.
As I was preparing a sermon recently, I was inspired by a blog by Daira Curran to remember the importance of mentoring (http://purposecity.com/insights/biblical-importance-mentor/). Here in this story of Elijah and Elisha, we get a picture of a unique relationship of mentor and mentee. If you are familiar with the story, you’ll remember that Elijah was a powerful prophet who was ultimately raptured — never tasting death! How could the mentee Elisha ever out-do that? Yet Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, which resulted in a fruitful ministry for Elisha that some would argue surpassed that of his mentor.