God gives us people like that to help us on our way, to lead and guide us through the path of life for reason that life can be harsh at times. Not every individual is privileged to have great people in their life or to have great men of God who can be that voice.
Elisha had that type of person. His name was Elijah; a mighty man of God. Elisha realized that it was important to have that type of person in his life because he desired more out of life then what could be seen. He realized when Elijah passed by him and threw the mantle that if he would follow him and seek to be like him that there would be something powerful that would be imparted and given by God.
As young men it is very important for use to have an Elijah in our life. Someone who can impart the principles and show us what it means to be Apostolic. Face it, there are to many people in this world who try to throw "junk" in our lives as well as the perverseness of society. My understanding for the importance of and Elijah is to help us to see more clearly and be ready when those things come our way.
Every young minister needs an Elijah who he can just call to talk and listen to, to hear the words, 'that they made it and that if God did it for them, then He will do it for you.'
My mentor who I dearly love, I try and hold so close, as well as I can with being so far. He is always there, ready when needed to rebuke but always ready to speak the words that are needed. If you do your best to hold your Elijah close, you will grow to areas of your life that you did not realize existed.