Spiritual Leprosy

10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’

2 Kings 5:10-11 

Naaman was a Syrian captain in good with the King.  He had proved himself in battle as an archer.  He was great in the land, with both power and wealth.  But he had a problem.  He was a leper.

A young maid captured out of Israel told Naaman’s wife there was a prophet in Samaria that would heal him. But when he went to tell his King, the King sent him to the King of Israel. But when that didn’t work, he took his silver, gold, and “ten changes of raiment” to see Elisha. But Elisha didn’t come see Naaman; he sent a messenger to tell him to wash seven times in the Jordan.

That made Naaman mad.  Not only did Elisha refuse to see him directly (for he could have raised his hand and healed him), but told him to wash in the dirty Jordan River.  There were better, cleaner rivers than the Jordan!

But Naaman’s servants asked him, if the prophet had asked him to do something great, wouldn’t he have done it?

Sometimes we have the same problem. If someone asked us to do something important and visible for the church, for God, we wouldn’t hesitate.  But ask us to do something not so great, like visit a shut-in or sweep the floors, we find a reason for not doing it. We have our own form of “spiritual leprosy.”

We may think we have a certain social status or position that grants us certain privileges.  We may think we can “buy” ourselves the position we desire. That may work in the world, but not in being a servant of God. We can never be sure where God will use us; what God will ask us to do; where God will ask us to go.

Don’t let “spiritual leprosy” into your heart. God wants to see if you will do whatever He asks, regardless if it’s something great or something small.      

 ~Charles A. Kalkomey