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‘…He was…a mighty man…but a leper…’ 2 Kings 5:1 NKJV
Before leaving the story of Naaman, let’s observe two more things: (1) Everybody needs help. Not just the down-‘n’-outers, but the up-‘n’-outers. Being a five-star general doesn’t mean a thing when someone’s dying of leprosy. ‘But they wouldn’t listen to someone like me,’ you say. Maybe not today, but when things get bad enough you’d be surprised how they listen. Just serve with excellence and be ready with an answer when the time comes. (2) God’s hand is on you to minister where He’s placed you. It was the encouragement of someone who got close enough to see Naaman’s real problem, then introduced him to God, that brought about his healing. When God puts you close to someone and makes you privy to certain information, He does it so that you can give them ‘…a word in season…’ (Isaiah 50:4 NKJV) God used a cleaning lady who worked in his own house to reach Naaman. What if she’d rebelled against making beds and washing dishes? Or decided to go out and gossip about the problem instead? Today you have a role to play in God’s plan. The servant who challenged Naaman to humble himself and dip seven times in the Jordan River is not named in Scripture, but he was indispensible to the process. So are you. Few athletes have more fans than basketball star Michael Jordan. Yet when a reporter asked him why he liked his dad to attend his games, he replied, ‘When he’s there, I know I have at least one fan!’ Everybody needs encouragement. You can speak a word that changes someone’s life!

SoulFood: Deut 1-2, Luke 9:37-45, Ps 42:6-11, Pr 16:17-19

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