So Elisha left him and went back. He 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. 1 Kings 19:21a
Read: 1 Kings 19:21
Listen: 1 Kings 19
Elisha throws a party. One that almost certainly included laughing and lots of inside jokes. We can imagine his parents alternating between pride and fighting back tears. Elisha doesn’t merely get rid of his farming equipment—he publicly declares his new identity. He wants his community to know he’s not a farmer anymore. It’s a party, but it’s also a request for accountability. He can’t just sneak back into farming one day down the road without someone calling him out on it.
As Pastor Aaron Buer reminds us in the video clip below, we need accountability too. A healthy community provides support and challenges us to keep following Jesus. That’s one job of the church. Often, we rise and fall on the people around us. Christian community laughs, cries and encourages each other. Life is full of challenges that we will struggle to overcome without good support. We have secret struggles that need to be brought into the light for us to gain victory. We weren’t created to do life alone. God made us for community.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Consider whether you have real community. Do you have a place of true accountability? If you feel like you are lacking that kind of community, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you with someone at your campus. If you are in community, lean into that community this week. Consider taking the next step of vulnerability to reveal your secret struggle with your small group or mentor.
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