ELEVATION THROUGH APPRENTICESHIP
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 3:9-18
But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?” So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” – 2 Kings 3:11
The principle of apprenticeship is an important key to success in any field of endeavour. Learning under a mentor helps the mentee to benefit from the transfer of important skills, lessons and abilities.
Without the trial and error that often characterises our efforts. Mentees or proteges often benefit from the wisdom of several years without going through the pains and experiences. Mentoring, however, thrives on patience and humility.
Elisha was introduced by the servant of the king as the one “who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” It was not a very dignified portfolio that anyone would hasten to put on their call card.
Service was the foundation on which Elisha’s ministry was built. “Pouring water” was his start but it was not his end. By the time Elijah died, Elisha had come into his own with a solid reputation as a credible prophet.
In this instance, he was able to accurately give the three kings the mind of the Lord about their impending battle with the Moabites.
Samuel apprenticed under Eli, Timothy served Paul while Ruth learnt under Naomi. If you find yourself serving and understudying a mentor, see it as a privilege and an opportunity to improve.
Some of what you do may not always be high profile initially but stay focused on the ultimate end and serve faithfully. Keep pouring the water with diligence and as you do, God will reward you with promotion.
FATHER, GRANT ME A HEART OF SERVICE AND THE HUMILITY TO LEARN.
Source: Dr. Mensa Otabil.