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’!” (2 Kings 5:13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This is another verse that, while speaking to a specific context, can be taken as sound advice in another context. Many would willingly do “some great thing” for God, but are less willing to do what they consider less great or menial. Great things usually result in the praise of many, while the the less great or menial are often done in obscurity outside of the view with only the praise of a few, if any. We must remember that Jesus, stooped to wash His disciples feet. He left the side of His Father to be born in relative obscurity in a stable. During His ministry, he did not even have a “fox hole” to lay His head. At His crucifixion, the soldiers gambled for the only thing of value that He had, the robe He was stripped of.
One might be tempted to claim that we should not be expected to live up to such a great example. But there are likely more that we have never heard of. We are very well aware of people like Billy Graham, who preached to millions, and counseled Presidents. But someone introduced him to Christ. What if that introduction never happened? But it did. Billy Graham went on to garner the praise of mulitudes while, the one who led him to Christ toiled on in obscurity. Yet someone very important took notice. Perhaps as much notice as He did of Billy Graham.
My Advice – We need to be faithful with little before we can be faithful with much. But maybe, we will always toil on in obscurity. But if done in humility and with love for the Master, He’ll take note.