And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. (2 Kings 5:8-16)
Today's Morsel: If you had to pay for your salvation, what do you think it would cost you? Well, you don't make enough to pay for your salvation, that's why Jesus made it free. You don't have to pay for anything from God. It's all free. When you give tithes and offering you aren't paying for God's services, you are obeying the commandments of God. Naaman wanted Elisha to take a gift from him for his healing. The king of Syria had sent gold, silver, and raiments to be given. Naaman, in a way, was just following the king's command. But Elisha wanted him to know that gifts were not necessary for what God had done in his life. All he needed to do was to go be a witness of God's goodness and blessing in his life. Like Naaman, each of us should be willing to show what God has done for us. One of the worst things we can do is hide our blessings.
Sing: Oh Calvary, oh Calvary, would you please, please speak to me. Tell me how much I owe, I want to repay, then an echo rings clear from the hill of old Judea, tell the lost, tell the lost, go tell the lost.