We all know who Elisha was. He was a mentee of the prophet Elijah, and later became Elijah’s successor, a great prophet in his own right who worked many miracles. We don’t know so much about Elisha’s parents. Elisha mentions his father and mother once in 1 Kings 19:20. Before leaving home for good to follow Elijah, Elisha said, “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and then I will come with you.”
Elijah replied, “What have I done to you?”
Elisha’s request and Elijah’s answer is similar to a request that a young man made to Jesus the Christ in Luke 9:61 and Jesus’ reply to him in Luke 9:62. Once we make a decision to follow Christ, He does not want us to look back at what we may have left behind, whether it’s family, friends, or wealth. Elijah, however, let Elisha go back to his family and cook a meal for them to eat before he followed him and became his servant.
1. Elisha’s mother was godly and loving. To have raised such a godly son who was used to perform many mighty and miraculous works, it’s safe to assume that Elisha’s mother was a woman who believed in and honored God. She taught her son to listen to God’s call and follow the will that He had for his life, even if that will meant leaving her. She did not try to hold him back from following Elijah.
It is also evident that Elisha’s mother loved her son. Why else would Elisha want to kiss her goodbye? Even though he was a grown man, the arms of his mother remained a place of comfort and her home a place of warmth.
Mothers should take their responsibilities of raising their children seriously. They have influence to shape their lives for God from the day they are born. Billy Graham said, “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.”