“Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.’ The prophet answered, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.’ And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.”
– 2 Kings 5:15,16
Today, we’re going to continue looking at the story of Naaman, a Syrian commander who was wrought with leprosy and sought divine healing from God through Elisha. After being encouraged by his servants to heed the prophet’s instructions to go and wash himself in the Jordan River seven times, this great warrior was healed — not just partly, but completely. We can only imagine how elated he must have been upon emerging from the water and seeing his skin so healthy that he looked like a boy again. His heart was overjoyed at what was accomplished through simple obedience, so not surprisingly, his first inclination was to go back to Elisha and thank him. Though he desperately wanted to give the prophet something for his trouble, the servant of God wisely refused. While it might have been tempting to take a reward from Naaman, he knew that doing so would detract honor from the One to whom it was truly due. While he was the vessel used, the Lord held the power, so He deserved all the glory.
My friend, as one who represents the Kingdom of Heaven, keep yourself free from the temptations of earth. While it can be enticing to take credit for the work of the Holy Spirit or to bask in the good things He uses you to accomplish, remember that you have a reward waiting that is far greater than anything this world has to offer. In fact, the temporary satisfaction that comes from self-gratification quickly fades and creates a need for more. While the platform of ministry can be alluring, it’s nothing compared to the deep and abiding satisfaction that comes from giving your Savior the glory for every good work He completes through you. When you devote yourself solely to His increase, even if it means your own decrease, miraculous things will happen!
Jesus, I give you all the glory for whatever good you do in and through my life.
If you were Elisha in this story, would you have taken a reward from Naaman? Why or why not?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.