If it was something great, would you have done it?
We hold our hands high in worship and open our hearts to our Lord. We say we are willing to serve Him however He needs, but are we really?
When we say, “Send us, Lord!” or “Yes, I am willing,” are we really saying “Yes, as long as getting dirty isn’t part of the plan?” or “Lord, heal me, but only if that healing comes packaged the way I deem fit?”
Who is getting the glory?
Are we really wanting to give God all the glory ? Or do we want to keep some of it for ourselves?
Being praised and thanked for a job well done is something we all look forward to, but if we are looking to serve the Lord only in ways that bring us public recognition, then we need to
- take a step back,
- examine our hearts and
- humble ourselves before the Lord.
Because if we don’t humble ourselves now, then the Lord will do it for us.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
– Jesus, Matthew 23:12
The Story of Naaman
Naaman’s story in 2 Kings 5 shows examples of people who both humbled themselves before the Lord and those who deemed themselves worthy of something more than the Lord offered.
A young Israeli servant girl
This young girl was captured in a raid by the Arameans and served Naaman’s wife. She used her servant position to share the power of the Lord with her mistress. She encouraged her mistress to urge Naaman to seek out Elisha so he could be cured from leprosy.
This servant girl could have been defiant because of her circumstances. After all she was captured in a raid and made to serve those who had captured her. She could have withheld this precious information of how to be cured because she resented her lack of freedom, but she didn’t. She choose to serve in the capacity she was in. She doesn’t show signs of complaining but instead looked for ways to truly serve and share what the Lord could offer.
Naaman was a valiant soldier and commander of the king of Aram’s army. He was proud of his glory and honor due to his military achievements. He expected to receive the royal treatment from Elisha, but he received quit the opposite.
Instead of a big, flashy healing and “proper” recognition, Elisha didn’t even come out to greet Naaman, but simply sent a messenger with instructions of what to do. These instructions seemed to test Naaman’s willingness to truly follow and obey the Lord.
“Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleaned.” – Elisha, 2 Kings 5:10
These simple instructions enraged Naaman. He was too proud to willingly dip himself in waters that were beneath his title!
Naaman’s Servant seems to be a humble man, who respected his master and wanted the best for him. His challenge to Naaman’s reaction is something for all of us to ponder as well:
“My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed!'”
– Namaan’s Servant, 2 Kings 5:13
What a loyal and faithful servant Naaman had. He loved him and wanted the best for him. He didn’t allow Naaman’s rage to scare him but encouraged Naaman to put his pride aside.
Read the whole story of Naaman. Learn how he responded to his servant’s challenge. See how Matthew 23:12 is used in regards to Elisha and Ghezi. This chapter is filled with many lessons but the greatest is humbling ourselves before the Lord.
Are you willing to set your pride aside and do what the Lord instructs you, no matter what it is?
Prayer Over Our Hearts
Oh, Lord, may we be willing to do the humble things with just as much excitement and care as if you asked us to go and do something spectacular! Not only that Lord, but allow us to accept your forgiveness and love with a humble heart realizing that you give it freely.
You showed your love for us in a spectacular way by Christ’s death on the cross but you simply ask us to receive this forgiveness. You don’t command us to do spectacular things but believe that by faith we are forgiven and then to simply follow you!
Help us to humbly follow you so we can teach our children and those around us to do the same. May we humble ourselves before you, and only expect to receive glory and honor from you and not those around us. In the One whom you glorified because he humbled himself to you on the cross and followed your will – Amen!