Would you like to see what we have written on a subject? Use the search below.

Naaman 
The Outsider

by Glenn Davis

"Now Naaman was the commander of the army of the king of Aram…"  2 Kings 5:1

Naaman was an army commander of a foreign nation.  He had fought successful  battles against Israel.  He worshipped in the temple of Rimmon.  In every way you could think of, he was an outsider.  He didn't belong in Israel.  He had no claims on the God of Israel.  He was locked into heathenism.  

In one way he is like every one of us.  Locked in sin, no desire for God, doing our own thing, not deserving a single thing from God except judgment.  We have all been there.  Then Jesus reached down in love and drew us into His family - He redeemed us and restored us to fellowship with our true Father.  

What was it that turned our eyes toward Jesus?  For many people, like Naaman, it was a problem or difficulty that they couldn't solve, that was dragging them down.  They became desperate for a solution, even when suggested by a little girl.  They would try anything…

Once we have been Christians for awhile we sometimes develop the same attitude that the Jews of Jesus' day had:  You have to come join us before God will do anything for you.  They actually got mad at Jesus when He pointed out cases where God had blessed non-Jews [Luke 4:25-28].

Naaman was an outsider, but God loved him anyway.

Yes, the greatest need people have is to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, but that is not usually their greatest perceived need.  We need to be careful that we are not using "spiritual blackmail" - i.e. If you come to Jesus He will solve your problem.

This is wrong on, at least, two levels.  First, Jesus doesn't solve all our problems.  Sometimes we come to Jesus and from a physical viewpoint things get worse!  Just ask the 100,000 or so martyrs every year or those who are shunned by family, friends and employers for the Christian beliefs.  So that is false advertising.  Jesus will walk with us through our problems and pain and we can know the peace and joy of God throughout it, but they don't always go away.  Sometimes, but not always.

Second, as we see with Naaman, God is willing to help and bless people outside the family.  He doesn't try to force them into His circle in order to help them.  You can pray for non-Christians to have healing, to have solutions to challenges, to get jobs, etc. without trying to "convert" them first or make them fell guilty after.  Jesus hears your prayers.  He cares about them.  He went looking for the lost sheep.

If the blessings of Jesus do not eventually lead a person to come to Jesus as Lord and Saviour then the benefits are short term - one lifetime.  Only those who know Jesus as Lord as Saviour have peace with God which is essential to true peace in life and a successful eternity, but we don't have to make that a condition for God to work in temporal ways in a person's life.

For more information about Glenn Davis see our About Glenn page and/or his Author's Page.

The El Empire is the place to go for fun and excitment!

You might like these

  • You Are Sent Out By Jesus

    If you are a Christian, you are sent out by Jesus in His power to accomplish His will.

  • The Warrior And The Lover

    The Church is described as many things in Scripture, but two of the most common are the warrior and lover.

  • Unity!

    Do we have to agree on everything to walk in unity? What is the true focal point?

  • Symptoms Or Root Causes

    If we are running around dealing with the symptoms of sin all the time and never deal with the root cause we are wasting our time.

  • Spiritual Gifts For Ordinary Christians

    The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts as He see fit, but who does He give them to and how are they to be used?

  • Sin Of Others Hurts Us

    The sin of others as well as our own sin can bring defeat. Like a cancer, sin spreads and destroys.

  • Setting Captives Free

    Paul and Silas were setting captives free at the same time they were being released from prison. Our responses can encourage others.

  • The Safe Place

    The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ is our safe place, but how do we run to this fortress in times of trouble?

  • The Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving

    What is the sacrifice of thanksgiving and why does God want it?

  • The River of Life

    Does the River of Life flow through your life? What does it take to release the River of the Spirit in our lives?



Lookup a word or passage in the Bible


BibleGateway.com
Include this form on your page