Living a Life of Witness

2 Kings 5:1-3

“The king of Syria had high admiration for Naaman, the commander-in-chief of his army, for he had led his troops to many glorious victories. So he was a great hero, but he was a leper. Bands of Syrians had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a little girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. One day the little girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy!”

She was a young slave girl, but she was a witness. Her master, Naaman, was a Commander in the Syrian army. The young girl had been taken into captivity by Naaman and was now a servant to his wife. She was a long way from what had been her home, but she was a witness. We don’t know her name. Most probably she was an orphan. Her circumstances were not good but her faith was. She was an Israelite and knew God. She was a captive, a servant and she was ‘little’. But, she was a witness. You must read the rest of the story. It is full of lessons we can learn, and perhaps the greatest is the faith of this little slave girl.

  1. 1. She had spiritual boldness. Her captivity and the restrictions on her life had not blunted her spiritual edge. Her boldness in speaking out expressed the spirit of Paul when he wrote “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation” Romans 1:16.
  2. 2. She had a compassionate heart. She cared for the well being of her master. This Israelite slave girl is a most remarkable person. She has every reason to hate Naaman and his wife. Naaman was responsible for many raids against Israel and for the death of many Israelites – perhaps even this young girl’s parents. However, instead of wishing him ill, she cares about him.
  3. 3. She had unshakable faith. She tells her mistress that if her husband could get to Samaria there was a man there, a prophet named Elisha, who would heal him! She had faith in the power of God that rested on the man of God. He ‘would’ heal her master. There was no doubt in her mind. Her boldness, compassion and unshakable faith resulted in her master not only being healed but also becoming a believer in the God of Israel. v15-17.

We may be little, weak and insignificant and even in difficult circumstances; but we can live lives of witness. Like the young slave girl, we have a life-changing message. With lives that speak of Jesus, we can lead people to Jesus. Today we have a supernatural ‘plus’ in our lives; the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said; “But you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses unto me…” Acts 1:8.

Be blessed and encouraged as you live your life of witness.

Eddie.

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