February 4, 2015

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 

How many times am I like Naaman?  How often do I make the teachings of God more complex than they need to be?  How much simpler can His offer of salvation be than to believe that His Son died for me on the Cross, took upon Himself the portion of God’s wrath reserved for me and was raised from the dead so I could live with Him forever?  He has made it so simple, even to the point that the Spirit provides for me the faith I need in order to surrender my life to Christ.

I was not born with faith.   I was born with sin, and all the selfish tendencies that are associated with sin.  I cannot fathom why God, through His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, would offer this gift of salvation.  When a person offers me a gift of service or something along those lines there is a selfish motive, on their part, behind the service.  That person, usually, expects some type of reciprocation.  That is a product of sin, always looking for what I can get in return for a favor.  The benefit of the recipient is almost always secondary.

That is not how God’s plan unfolds.  He does have a self interest but it is still purely for my benefit.  I am not able to provide anything that He could He want or satisfy any of His needs.  He desires my company to spend eternity with Him.  It is my sin conflicting with the will of God within me that is making everything more complicated than He intended.  There is not complex about God.  He is simple in His love, grace, mercy, patience, loyalty, peace and holiness, because they are freely given.  I am the one who makes everything complex because I want to add conditions and attach my efforts and works as being able to earn more from Him.

Like Naaman, I want to make what is just a simple act of obedience into something more.  Naaman figured he would have to perform some mighty quest that would bring glory to his name, glory that would overshadow the mercy of the Almighty.  But God said to Naaman through Elisha to dip himself into the Jordan seven times.  It is our part to do what God says no matter how silly we may think it is.  I need to stop making everything between God and myself complex.

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