Lesson 13 of the Gospel Advocate’s Foundations study (Elijah the Tishbite, p. 159) asks, “What qualities did Elijah exhibit that Christians should seek to imitate? How do we develop these qualities?”
While John was the ultimate embodiment of Elijah-like characteristics (Matthew 11:12-14, Luke 1:13-17) it is never a bad thing to display the good characteristics of godly people from the past. Such being true, here are a few qualities I believe are worth displaying:
- Don’t bow to pop-culture (especially the religious variety). Elijah’s willingness to seek God via the avenue of God’s choice instead of the people’s choice took faithfulness. The truthfulness of Matthew 7:13-14 was revealed long before Jesus used it as a warning when it comes to choices made en masse.
- Help others despite differences. Remember the widow who garnered God’s grace through Elijah? Different country, different culture and a different religious history, but still the same grace of God! Remember to look at the inward common soul and not outward barriers created by humanity (Luke 19:10).
- Pass along the knowledge and faith gained from a life lived with God. People need to be taught in order that they may build upon the example that can save years of personal struggle. Elijah did such with the sons of the prophets … especially Elisha! The encouragement of personal example will keep many on the path toward God (Hebrews 12:1; 2 Timothy 2:1-2).
Feel free to share other qualities of Elijah you believe to be of value.