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We give infinite thanks to the Father for having sent his son to redeem and restore all things. The Son in his eternal communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit says: Here I am, send me. It is the Father who sends. The son shows to the Father. Elijah's Day … God sends a man in the midst of dark times …
The man of God is in crisis and persecution, idolatry and dejection have been manifested in the people of God … Elijah has the call and he has the message … Elijah's ministry is manifested in the darkest times of Israel; Ahab and Jezebel have corrupted the hearts of the people.
The prophet Elijah with great manifestation and power begins his mission and confronts the demonic powers denouncing the sin and the prevailing deviation. When his ministry is being fulfilled, God makes known to him the name of the one that would come out of his loins: Elisha, son of Safat: "You shall anoint Jehoshua the son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be a prophet in your place. "
1 Kings 19:16
The call of a king at the same time that a prophet is anointed!
God does things as he wants.
God calls, God decides until when, God is God.
Before all the so-called individualists, God uses men to call men.
1 Kings 19:19
At the time of his call Elisha was working with twelve yoke oxen, the commentators point out that this was a sign of a very good economic situation. Elijah without hesitation sees it and throws his cloak over Him (He calls him to be his disciple). Before leaving, Elisha asks Elijah to say goodbye to his parents (apparently he would not see them again). Then he takes what he had previously used to work and sacrifices some oxen and burns his plow and distributes it to the people (never to return to the same thing).
A man or woman is called to the ministry (to be a disciple) and at the moment his projects and daily walk is over and he turns the page to never go back. Work, family and everything that supported us humanly is on the way. " Then he also said to another: I will follow you, Lord; but let me say goodbye first to those who are in my house.
And Jesus said to him: No one who puts his hand on the plow looks back, is fit for the Kingdom of God "
Luke 9: 61-62.
Looking back is the anteroom to go back; first we look (remember) and then we leave. At that time we are reprobated for the work of the ministry. Either it's all or it's nothing.
We gloriously see that Elisha's ministry rests on the backs of Elijah, it is in the ministry of Elisha that the house that had so opposed Elijah (house of Ahab) is destroyed. Elisha is the continuation of Elijah, it is not something different. In the journeys they made together, Elisha had become steeped in Elijah's mission, rather than well-armed rhetoric and theological lessons. Elisha had seen the power of God manifest in a man with passions similar to ours. There is no doubt, the succession in the ministry and inviting someone else to get up to work is not by force or self-imposed, it occurs in a paternal relationship, a relationship where the one who goes first makes the work together with the one who comes and shows him his life and his work.
Here is the greatness of the men of God at this time, far from the library ministries incubated in the bosom of the knowledge of good and evil. To prepare the saints for the work of the ministry is not only synonymous with lessons. He is the one who has the call to which we consider "father", he is not the boss or the untouchable or the "anointed"; rather, it is the father who also considers him "son" to the one who will come out of his loins. This is not the fruit of a year or of some "classes", it is the result of life, the life of Christ manifesting in our daily life.
It is a job that has to be done and not be changed by the large number of activities that crowd our heads.
When the time of Elijah's departure approaches, Elisha does not leave him alone, he is invited again and again to leave his teacher alone, but Elisha chooses the best part. After the call, it does not go back. We have so many good ideas, but without "fatherhood" relationships with the saints. Thus there will be no faithful leadership. The time has come to depart for Elijah and the bond has already been formed. Elisha sees Elijah climb into the chariots of fire and exclaims: My Father!
Only He sees it rise, only He is revealed.
Elisha is ready, able to do the work, God used a man to call and form him, but this man finally manifested himself as his Father. The lifting of the saints to do the work of the ministry must be in love and praying that God manifest the parents of the future ministers.
What is the seal of an apostle, prophet, pastor and teacher?
Look at your children, watch your journey watered with tears like the apostle Paul. Look at your family, your wife and your children, look at your spiritual children, see how they have transferred their calling and spirit to others. See how they have opened their hearts and homes to see reality, away from the pulpit, seeing how they live Christ in everyday life.
Without spiritual children, without relationships of love there will be no succession.
As spiritual parents in the faith we are called to share our lives with those who will come after us. We invite you to be part of our losses, victories and defeats; sorrows and joys, only then we will have a faithful leadership.
Days of Paul
God calls a man in a key time for the Church where the doors of the gospel would be opened for Gentiles. We are amazed by the life of the apostle Paul. His call, his struggles and sufferings, his victories and fruits in the gospel.
Our apostle calls many to do the work of the ministry, he calls them collaborators.
One of the calls is Demas, described as a faithful helper of Paul during his imprisonment in Rome (Colossians 4:14). Paul called him a collaborator (Philemon 24). It is probable that he was a citizen of Thessalonica, where he left Pablo (he returned to where he came from): "Because Demas has forsaken me, loved this world, and has gone to Thessalonica (He was originally from that place)" . 2ªTimoteo 4: 10 It was not enough to be a collaborator, it was not enough to be part of the ministry of the great apostle, Demas took the plow but always his heart was in Thessalonica, it was only a matter of time. The old apostle is in prison, at the moment that his physical body is imprisoned in chains and there is no longer anyone who is on Demas and the ministry becomes more and more difficult. The hour arrives and leaves the old apostle being reprobated for the work of the ministry. As many collaborators have left our congregations. Orphans, without parents, drowning in orphanhood.
This is the opposite case. Timothy is called. We are passionate about how Paul lovingly invites him to get up with so much love (like a father to a son) to do the work of the ministry, and also exhorts him to raise others later.
He exhorts and encourages him to do what he has to do.
Paul is a man who has been taught in the school of the church as the body of Christ. That is, it must always be linked to other saints in this double position: to build and be edified. At the beginning of the Christian path, Bernabé is the one who will go to Tarsus to take him to Antioquia, Bernabé instructs him and is with Bernabé and three other disciples with whom he assumes the responsibility of leading the church in Antioquia. And it is with Bernabé that he undertakes the first missionary journey.
For all this it is not surprising that then Paul, already in full apostolic work take Timothy with him who freely makes him his partner, but not with the perspective of an equal but with the authority that has engenders another in Christ .1st Tim. 1: 2 "Timothy, true son in the faith"
Pablo knows that the day of his departure is approaching. He knows that the key for the Church to continue its advance is to be able to delegate to others, because it trusts in the work of the Lord.
From this point of view, Paul delegates to Timothy all the tremendous responsibility of continuing the apostolic work. He leaves in the hands of his "spiritual son" what for Paul is the work of importance and responsibility to which a man can aspire. Why does Paul dare to leave this work in other hands? Because Paul knows that the holiness and zeal that operates in him, that the grace and the revelation that he has received is only by virtue of the powerful grace of God that was granted by the Holy Spirit. And that blessed Holy Spirit is the same who also operates powerfully in Timothy to make him a man of God "fully prepared for every good work," who will make Timothy a man who does the work of the Lord with similar efficacy as Paul.
Those who call the people to get up to do the work of the ministry must be "servants of God." First the servant, then his service "Behold, my servant …". Isaiah 42: 1 "This is my servant, I will sustain him; my chosen one, in whom my soul has contentment. "
God focuses attention on the servant in whom his soul was pleased. The principle of all service to God is the servant himself. What makes a servant of God? We think that a servant of God must be formed through academic training, biblical teaching, by this or that form of training; and that when we have all that, when we have finished the course and we have in our mind all that was imparted to us, then we are servants of the Lord. But that is not at all the way the Lord sees it. In the first place, the Lord looks at the servant, and demands to be able to point it out and declare: "Behold, my servant." I know that there is a correct sense in which the instrument has to be out of sight, but only in one sense; that is to say, that he himself, his own personal impression as a man, his own nature, should not be the mark that remains on the people; only in that sense he has to be out of sight.
The Lord will require to be able to say: "Behold, my servant," and the servant to whom, he will draw attention will be the servant who is the impression of Christ. Yes, Christ noticed, Christ presented, Christ evident, in the servant. God is much more involved in having his servants willing than in having them provided with all kinds of qualifications and academic degrees. It is the man, it is the woman, with whom God is interested.
The good name and the success of the gospel are entrusted to the preacher, because either he delivers the true divine message, or he spoils it. He is the golden conduit for the divine oil. The tube must not only be made of gold, it also has to be clean so that nothing obstructs the free passage of oil, and without holes so that nothing is lost.
Man makes the "servant", God has to make man. The messenger, if we are allowed the expression, is more than the message. The preacher is more than the sermon. As the breast milk of the mother is nothing but the life of the mother, so everything that the worker says and does is saturated by what he is. The treasure is in earthen vessels and the taste of the vessel impregnates the content and can make it unworthy. The man – the whole man – is behind the service. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make a man. True service has life. It grows together with man. The sermon is powerful when man is powerful. The sermon is holy when the man is holy If we review the letters to Timothy, they will find that beautiful qualifier of the servant of the Lord: "Oh, man of God" (1 Tim.6: 1l). So Paul appoints Timothy. And then, speaking of the study and knowledge of the Scriptures, he uses the same phrase again: "… that the man of God be perfect, fully prepared for every good work" (2 Tim 3:17). But notice the order: he says: "that the man of God be thoroughly prepared", not that a complete preparation is required to make a man of God; the man of God already exists. Now, the whole study of the Word is to make the man of God an effective worker. The man of God comes before all his study. He is one before having an understanding of the Scriptures. We have seen these two cases in the Old and New Testaments, which leads us to reflect that we have a great task ahead: "Raising the saints to do the work of the ministry and the building up of the Body of Christ in love "
Open your eyes
The succession times are coming.
Lift them up as Father, servant and in love
How many recognize paternity in you?
How many have you led Christ?
Is your ministry based on the life of the Church or on mere conceptual knowledge of things?
Who has come out of your loins? Bibliography: Timoteo (El Obrero Cristiano), 2003 Pastor Manuel Muñoz
Christian Communities 2004