Becoming a disciple: Letting God use us in our obscurity

Scripture – 2 Kings 9:1, 4

Then Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Tie up your garments, and take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead.”

So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead.


We never know when we might be called up to do an important task. It we might be young and not feel ready.

This sons of one of the prophets, a servant of Elisha, doesn’t even get mentioned by name, yet he is sent to anoint the next king by pouring oil on his head, as prophets and great men of God had done since Saul was anointed king by Samuel.

Just looking at what he actually did…

1. Tied up his clothes

2. Took hold of a jar of oil

3. Went to a town

4. Asked for a minute of someone’s time

5. Dumped the oil on their head


7. Ran home

…doesn’t seem that much, but he was playing a role that would immediately change history.

Two interesting observations:

1. It was his obscurity that enabled him to complete the task

2. Elisha only told him to say “Thus says the LORD, I anoint you king over Israel.” – Yet God spoke much more to Jehu through him,

“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, I anoint you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel. And you shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah.  And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.”


No matter how nameless, faceless, incompetent or obscure we may feel, we need to be ready to say yes to God to do the big thing for him. On top of that, when we get to the place where we are supposed to do the big thing, we need to be ready for God to go above and beyond what we had even planned for.

Let us never despise our youth or our inexperience. There are things that those who are older and wiser cannot do because they are known. Let’s trust God to make us useful and to use us as he sees fit. We just need to be ready and willing.


Father, you are incredible. Thank you for this nameless, faceless son of one of the prophets who you used to do a great thing. Please help me live in total submission and trust of you and your plans. I love serving you today and every day. Give me the grace to serve you in every way you call me to serve you. Give me the alertness to be ready to do the things you ask. Decrease the noise in my life that I might hear your voice more clearly. I love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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