I Want To Be Like Elisha!

313414_10100204078591853_747067908_nSo I was reading the story of Naaman the Syrian (1 Kings 5) today. This is such a great story! It struck me how instructive this story is to ministry, particularly to evangelism.

Naaman was a man who was an enemy to Israel and he had leprosy; he learned about the prophet Elisha through a young girl his troops had kidnapped. Elisha heard from the Lord not only that Naaman was coming to him, but also the manner in which God would heal him, which Elisha communicated to Naaman through his servant. Naaman expressed his disdain for the entire scenario and for Israel, and yet, once he was talked into doing what he had been instructed, God healed him. As a result, Naaman’s heart was turned toward God and he declared his determination to worship only God from that point on (As an aside, I notice that Naaman offered Elisha money for having healed him, but Elisha refused. This isn’t lost on me. Sometimes I do outreaches where I have to charge money, because it’s required, but I don’t like it. I would prefer to never have to charge).

There was a time when I would have been appalled by anyone who approached ministry like I do today! I wouldn’t have been opposed to interacting with nonbelievers – providing they acted pretty much like me, or were found in the sort of settings I was comfortable with. But witches (back then I would have assumed I knew about witches. I didn’t)? New Agers? Neo-hippies? At bohemian festivals?? No way!

And yet, if I lived next door to any of those types and discovered they needed help, even if it was just moving a piece of furniture, I would have helped, because that’s who I am (but I would have been creeped out about going into their house!).

In other words, I would have loved them.

My theology would have been superseded by who I am in Christ!

Naaman was a direct enemy of God’s people. He attacked Israel and spoiled her cities, taking her people captive. To Elisha, this was irrelevant. Further, Elisha only did what God said and left the rest to God. He didn’t lead Naaman in the sinner’s prayer, or demand anything from him. Quite the opposite. Jesus evangelized the same way. He met needs out of compassion without making inquiries or assessing anyone’s spiritual condition. It’s true, he talked about repentance – occasionally. He left the decision to repent or not repent up to the individual. But he blessed indiscriminately, wherever there was need, out of compassion.

To love others by our actions is both the message and the means of delivering it. It’s almost never necessary to deliver a verbal salvation plea, and actually, doing so often makes the recipient feel like there were strings attached to my actions. It really is best to be motivated by compassion only and to not make a project out of people. Somewhere along the line, I stopped being concerned with bearing fruit (i.e., keeping score) and began only wanting to love and help people. That didn’t happen so much by a decision as an unconscious, gradual change. and although I don’t keep score anymore, I know I’m bearing more fruit now, because the difference is so stark: very little fruit before, regular fruit now.

Seeing people set free – I can’t describe what that’s like. Perhaps you know already.

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2 Comments on “I Want To Be Like Elisha!”

  1. Phil Wyman says:

    Love the Naaman connection.

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  2. The dictionary definition of repent is “to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.” Yet so many “turn or burn” preachers use it as if it meant accepting Jesus. I know many non-Christians who feel sincere remorse about their actions.

    I like how you make the distinction and you practice compassion without an agenda. A good example is the best persuasion I know of.

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