When Elijah found Elisha, he was plowing. Elisha was not in the school of the prophets, he was not doing an online study to learn prophetic etiquette or how prophets were suppose to dress or look like - he was plowing.
When Elijah passed by him, he cast his mantle upon him and kept walking. He didn't tell Elisha to give him a high five on his new promotion or tell him that his prophetic ordination would cost him 250.00 a year to renew. No, he did what God told him to do and nothing more.
When Elisha received the mantle he immediately left the oxen and ran after Elijah. (1 Kings 19:20) The first thing I want you to notice is that Elisha gave Elijah his mantle back. I know this because in 2 Kings 2:13 it says, "He (Elisha) took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him......" (emphasis mine)
The point is this - don't try to wear a mantle (office) that you have not been taught how to walk in by the person whom God has instructed to place a mantle upon you. No MENTOR, no MANTLE. Elisha followed Elijah everywhere he went to see how he not only carried what was being given to him but to understand how that gift and anointing operated in a seasoned man of God who had operated in and demonstrated the office of prophet.
Because he honored the man of God he had access to the man of God. No honor, no access.
In our next post we will go further. I want to just give you something each time to chew on, meditate and ponder. God bless you.