2 Kings 5:15-27
There are some believers who are not mindful of the future; they lose greater things for little things. This is the example of those who lose eternal life for material things or lose an exalted office for little gains. A man was sacked from his place of work because of a little bribe he took.
James May asked the following question, “Why do people cast aside the great and precious promises of God’s Word and consider them as unnecessary in the fulfillment of their dreams and goals? Is there anything of this world that is worth the risk of losing what I consider to be the most important thing of all; and that is the hope of the resurrection and eternal life in a place that Jesus told us that He would prepare for those who would serve Him?”
If we have a great dream we are pursuing, nothing should be more important to us than seeing its fulfilment. That’s why Paul said in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Based on this principle, Nothing in life should be so important to eternal life. Mark 8:36 says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
No bribe should be more interesting to us than losing our job; no momentary pleasure should be greater than our relationships; no distractions is strong enough to interfere with the fulfilment of our dreams; we must pay a price of gaining those things. We must lose minor things to gain greater things.
In 2 Kings 5:15-27, Gehazi who was suppose to take over from the prophet Elijah, lost his opportunity for little gain. Naaman after he was cured of leprosy wanted to give gifts to the prophet Elisha, but the prophet rejected the gifts. But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “See, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not accepting from his hand what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.” So Gehazi followed Naaman. And when Naaman saw someone running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him and said, “Is all well?” And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me to say, ‘There have just now come to me from the hill country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.’ And Naaman said, “Be pleased to accept two talents.” And he urged him and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and laid them on two of his servants. And they carried them before Gehazi. And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and put them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed. He went in and stood before his master, and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.” But he said to him, “Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants? Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper, like snow.”
May God give us wisdom in Jesus Name…