In 2 Kings 5, Naaman, captain of a great army, comes to the prophet Elisha asking for healing from leprosy. Elisha gives him a simple command – go to the Jordan and wash seven times. Naaman is furious and responds, “Behold, I thought ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper’” (2 Kings 5: 11).
My first reaction is to look at Naaman and shake my head. How hard is it to go for a swim and walk away healed? But in reality, I often have the same reaction when God asks me to do something. Or an even worse attitude when God responds to my requests, but it isn’t the response I hoped for.
It’s so easy for us to pray each night for all our requests and expect God to deliver them. After all, he is the creator of the universe, surely he doesn’t need help from me. The truth is, he doesn’t need help from us, but often requires us to act.
The call to action gives us the opportunity to commit. It’s why he gives us the choice to follow him. He doesn’t want blind servants, but faithful, passionate followers. Don’t let fear, anger, discouragement or laziness stall you into inaction. This week, make a conscious choice to be active followers of Christ.
In what ways are you responding to God this week? Are you actively choosing to commit and take action or are you sitting and waiting for God to work around you?
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” –Colossians 3:4