Knowing Your True Worth
“I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy,” (2 Kings 5:3).
You live in a society that is consumed with status symbols. We judge people based on the kind of car they drive, the name brands on their clothes, the number of commas on their salary and the digits of their zip code. Status symbols are everywhere. And if you’re not careful, you’ll begin to base my worth on how many of those status symbols you own. It’s not easy to feel worthwhile when your entire culture tells you that your true worth is directly related to your net worth.
And so, we bury our heads in the sand, walking around as children of paupers instead of children of the king. We diminish the amount of influence and impact that we can have on the world because we feel the world does not want to listen to us. And yet the Bible is filled with stories of status-less people who made a radical difference in their culture. People with no name, no money, no background, no pedigree, no impressive last name. 2 Kings 5 contains the story of such a person.
She was a servant girl captured by Naaman’s army and was to serve Naaman’s wife. We are told that she was a young girl, likely eleven or twelve years old. Talk about someone with no status. She finds out about Naaman’s leprosy and tells Naaman’s wife, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy,” (2 Kings 5:3). Instead of being bitter because of her situation and God for her captivity, she demonstrated extraordinary faith, forgiveness and humility. Naaman follows the advice of this young servant girl and is eventually healed. All because of a servant girl in captivity knew that her God was bigger than Naaman’s circumstance-and bigger than her own. She was able to look beyond her situation long enough to realize that someone else was also in need, and she reached out with compassion.
I am not sure what happened to her after Naaman came back healed. I wish the story told. But even if Naaman didn’t reward her, imagine how her faith grew knowing that she was instrumental in the healing of the captain of army and because of that he was able to say, “I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel…” (1 Kings 5:15).
I know its tough to feel like you don’t measure up, to feel like you don’t have or ever will have any of the status symbols that this world demands. But don’t let that stop you from being a blessing. For at the end of the day you have something much greater that the world is desperate for, the good news of the gospel. Step out, see beyond your need, even above the difficulty of your situation and be a blessing in someone’s life. Even in the life of someone who seems like they have all together. For you see, the cars, the expensive homes and the fancy clothes only hide the devastating leprosy that covers the inner-most parts of our souls.
Posted on Thu, March 3, 2016
by Sam Petitfils