15 Oct

Answering God’s Call to Serve

Passage: 1 Kings 19:19-21 & 2 Kings 3:11-12

“I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

“We must always be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Is there a time you have had to “take up the mantle” or seen someone do this well? What is usually involved with “taking up the mantle”?

Read 1 Kings 19:19-21 and 2 Kings 3:11-12. What do you observe about God from this passage? What does this story teach us about who God is, what he cares about, and how he cares for his people?

Consider the privileges and costs for Elisha answering God’s call to serve. What privileges and costs of answering God’s call to serve are you experiencing in this season?

Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Our salvation and our service are both works of God. We have been created to do good works – not to earn our salvation, but in response to being saved. So we are to start/continue in answering God’s call by serving where he has placed us. This includes our present situations, relationships, and areas of responsibilities. What does serving God where he has you now look like this week?

What does living resilient faith look like in this story?

Only God can do the miracle, but there you will find someone who has answered God’s call to serve. In Mark 10:45 we are told that “even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Following Christ means we are called to serve and to serve as part of the church, the body of Christ. How does our church equip and encourage you to answer God’s call?

What do we need to remember, rejoice in, request, or repent of from this passage?


Spend time praying for awareness and wisdom in how to serve where you are. Ask God for grateful hearts to see his goodness and receive his mercy. Enjoy the truth that God knows you fully and loves you deeply.

Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)