In our Wednesday evening services, I have been preaching though the ministries of two great prophets of God, Elijah and Elisha. Last week we were in 2Kings 5 following up on the miracle of the healing of Syrian Army commander Naaman. We saw that he was healed of much more than his leprosy; he was healed spiritually as well. He went out of Israel a changed man from when he came in.
He came in haughty and went out humble. He came in with many gods, but went out with one God. He came in with a sense of values based on silver and gold and expensive clothing, but went out understanding real worth. He came into Israel with his sacks full of gold and silver, but filled his sacks full of the ground of Israel for his trip back home to Syria.
He would use that dirt to make an altar unto God who saved him. It would serve as a reminder of the goodness and greatness of God, and of the power of God’s truth preached by Elisha.
Though silver and gold have some passing value, if that is all we have in our sacks, we are essentially as Naaman was. Though he was wealthy and influential, he was still a dying leper. Like him, we need to invest in that which is of eternal worth. To the worldly, our investments in the things of God may seem to them as sacks of dirt, but these investments bear far greater dividends than our monetary holdings.
Every time you are in the Bible class, in the morning and evening church services, in the midweek service, you are investing in those eternal values. These investments never have a downturn. These hours are times we get from God’s Word, but they are also times we invest in giving ourselves.
Your very presence in a service is an encouragement to more than you know. Your giving of praise to God in song, in prayer in attention to His Word, all these are part of the investment that gives you dividends presently and eternally! Naaman learned to count value like the God of Elisha did and does. We have the same investment opportunity as well!
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