Read 2 Kings 5:2-15
This week, we’ve been looking at the story of a Syrian soldier smitten with leprosy, and his journey to wholeness. We notice that he was not aided by any single individual, but by a collective effort. God uses teams.
“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:5).
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7).
“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:12-16).
Did you notice the people God used to help Naaman? He used:
• Girl’s parents
• Girl hostage
• Naaman’s wife
• King of Aram
• King of Israel
• King’s messenger
• Elisha’s messenger
• Naaman’s servant
God works much the same way today. Most people do not come to Christ when they first hear the gospel. Sometimes it takes years. But faithful Christians continue to sow the seed and do other acts of service that make a difference. Most Christian testimonies include people along the way who have witnessed to them and encouraged them to seek God.
Notice Paul’s emphasis on teamwork:
“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building” (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).
Lord, forgive me when I have allowed others to take full responsibility for reaching others for You. I know You have a role for me and that You can use me. I pray I would seek to lead others to You and help them in other ways, too. Grant me the strength and wisdom to carry out Your will.
Posted on Wed, March 9, 2016
by Sam Petitfils