“And his servants came near and spoke to him and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘wash and be clean’?” – 2 Kings 5:13
This is the story of a man named Naaman. He was a commander of the army of Syria. A great man and valiant warrior. He was also a leper. Leprosy in the Bible is often a symbol of sin. In this story one of his servants tells him about the God of Israel and that he can be clean through God. So Naaman heads out to see the prophet Elisha. Elisha tells Naaman that he needs to go down to the river and wash 7 times. Naaman gets angry because he just wanted Elisha to wave his hand over him so he could be clean.
This is an interesting story. Do you see what is happening here? Naaman wants to be clean from this sin but something is being required of him and he does not like it. He wants it done his way. Sound familiar? It is the same for us, right? Think about it!
If God told you today to go buy a lottery ticket because you were going to win a million dollars, you would run to the nearest location, right? We would do exactly what God tells us to. But what about when He wants a relationship with us or we need something from Him? Do we go to Him and ask and get angry when He doesn’t magically wave His hand and give it to us? Do we get even more upset when He requires us to do something? Many times, we do!
Many preachers claim salvation is free, but it is not! Yes, it is a free gift but like any gift it must be received by the recipient. Salvation requires each one of us to surrender our hearts to Jesus. The Jews had a sin offering, a burnt offering and a peace offering. The burnt offering was every piece of the sacrifice laid on the altar to be wholly burnt up. Jesus is our sin offering when He died on the cross. If we accept the sin offering, we must also lay our lives down as a burnt offering. Then, and only then, will we have the peace offering representing peace in our lives.
Is God speaking to you today about surrendering your life? If so, what is holding you back? Will you accept this free gift of salvation today? I pray that you would!
“…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9