Through each one’s personal experience and journey, the commitment, obedience and trust in God were evident in the choices they made. And in doing so, they left a profound and lasting effect.

"So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, "First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!"

"Elijah replied, 'Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.' 1 Kings 19:19-20 NLT

What has happened is the passing of the mantel, in this case the cloak of a prophet, to a new one. Elisha has now been set apart for a time to come when he will continue the prophetic mission of Elijah.

This past weekend, I had the great honor to be invited to speak at St. Paul Baptist Church (Lafourche Crossing), pastored by the Rev. Jerome Singleton Sr., to conclude Black History Month. The message was not solely on four remarkable individuals of the past and present and their great achievements, it focused more on their callings in life.

Through each one’s personal experience and journey, the commitment, obedience and trust in God were evident in the choices they made. And in doing so, they left a profound and lasting effect.

For those who are called according his purpose, God has already prepared the way we should go. God’s will is perfect, complete and will be fulfilled according to his purpose. And for us to enjoy the benefits of his blessings we must trust the master’s plan.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Through our obedience to the call at the passing of the mantel, we are given gifts from God to encourage, serve, preach, prophesy and teach.

As I shared each person's brief biography, it revealed the hand of God on their lives. Their willingness to educate and encourage others, hold fast to their unwavering conviction to God’s word and to walk by faith and not by sight were the driving forces to overcome adversity. They apply the same for us today. Their gifts made room for them to go before kings and queens, presidents and diplomats, and other nations reaching the four corners of the world, all for kingdom building.

"A man's gift makes room for him," Proverbs 18:16

This is true for us when we are called by God. Through a personal relationship with God, a relationship that must be established through his son, Jesus, we can have knowledge that in all things God brings about the very best in our lives.

Nothing in their lives or ours is by accident or coincidence. Make no excuse by confessing what is lacking within you.

There is no lack in him, and there is none in you. What God calls us for, he equips us.

We all are destined for particular assignments among man. God knew you and me, which means he knew we would heed the calling regardless of the obstacles, and doing so is made righteous in the sight of God.

I was privileged to witness and hear the Rev. Ben Bufkin from Living Word Church in Schriever and the Rev. Patrick Watson from Church of God in Houma taking up the mantel passed to them to teach the word of God.

The late Myles Monroe once said, "What you were designed to be known for is your gift.

God has put a gift or talent in every person. It is this gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision.

It will make a way for you in life. It is in exercising this gift that you will find real fulfillment, purpose and contentment in your work.

It is interesting to note that the Bible does not say that a man's education makes room for him, but that his gift does.

And the end result to obedience is God receiving all the praise and glory.

You and I are destined for greatness. This is an iron-clad covenant, a guaranteed promise made by God. Are you willing to heed the call upon your life? Is your relationship with Jesus fully established? If you left this earth today, are you sure of your eternal resting place? If you are unsure and desire all that has been shared today, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his wonderful love.

Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my Lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, amen."

Welcome into the family of Christ.

Allow me to speak a blessing over you in the name of Jesus.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Until next week, go in peace and bless others along the way. Shalom.

Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at edith.nevis@houmatoday.com.