by Steve Wagers

A Call You Don't Want to Miss
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1 Kings 19: 20-22
August 31. 2008

1) The Person that is Sought by God
A) A Working Man
B) A Willing Man
2) The Priority that is Special to God
A) How He Readily Gave In
B) What He Willingly Gave Up
3) The Power that is Sent from God
A) A Faithful Ministry
B) A Fruitful Ministry

A woman meant to call a record store, but dialed the wrong number and got a private home instead. "Do you have 'Eyes of Blue' and 'A Love Supreme?'" she asked.

The puzzled homeowner answered, "No, but I have a wife and eleven children." The lady asked, "Is that a record?" He replied, "I don't think so, but it's as close as I want to get."

The call of God is a call that you cannot mistake, and it is a call that you don't want to miss.

1 Kings 19 tells of the call of God on the life of Elisha. A. W. Pink comments, "The narrative of Elisha's history consists of little else than his call and his supernatural acts." [1]
The first appearance of Elisha, in the Bible, involves his calling to the prophetic office. He does not come on the scene abruptly; he comes on the scene quietly.

It's interesting that God called Elisha even before he knew he was being called.

[16] "Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room."

[19] "Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him."

The casting of a mantle was a symbol of appointment. The casting of a mantle would be like an ordination today. It symbolized that Elisha had been called, and commissioned to be a prophet.

This was a call that Elisha didn't miss, and it teaches us that the call of God is a call that we don't want to miss.

1) The PERSON that is SOUGHT by God!

God is still looking for the right kind of person with the right kind of purpose to carry out the right kind of program. The world seeks better methods; God seeks better men.
In Elisha, He found:


Elijah "found Elish ...

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