And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.
Elisha and Elijah were walking along. Protégé and mentor. And then it happened, and Elijah knew it was coming, God took him. He had spent a life of faithfulness to the Lord and investing in Elisha, he was ready. It’s going to happen to all of us… probably not in chariots of fire, but the Lord will come for each of us one day… will you be ready? Have you invested in others? How sad would it be if we stand before Jesus one day and all we have to show for our Christian faith is how well we sought to understand Him more through Bible study, or how faithful we were through church attendance, or service… but we never bring others with us. I can only imagine Jesus saying “now, help me understand how you were making disciples… baptizing… and teaching them.”