You don’t have to be a preacher or a teacher of the gospel. You don’t have to be a person of prominence. In fact, you don’t need a platform of any kind. God can use us where we are if we let Him.
Most of us are Familiar with the biblical account of a Syrian by the name of Naaman. He was a great man, honorable, and a mighty man in valor. But also he was a leper (2 Kings 5:1). Leprosy was a terrible and humiliating skin disease. Naaman’s greatness, honor and valor were no match for his leprosy.
Those of us familiar with the account know how Naaman became Healed. Elisha the prophet sent a messenger to him to instruct him to wash in the waters of Jordan seven times and said his flesh would come clean. Naaman objected at first but when he obeyed the man of God, he was healed.
But what was the catalyst? What was the chain of events that caused this miracle to happen for Naaman? What caused him to make the journey from Syria to Samaria to seek Elisha the man of God? It was a “little maid”; literally, a young girl (verse 2).
She had been taken captive from the land of Israel and was a servant in Naaman’s house. She said concerning Naaman her master, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy” (verse 3, NASB).
She was the catalyst!
Three important things I want to say about this young girl. One, though she had been displaced from her people, she wanted her Gentile master to be healed. Two, though she was little, she had great faith in God that He could heal Naaman. Three, God was able to use her where she was to make a difference in someone else’s life.
I know many Christian who want to know what their calling is. And I do understand what they mean by that and the importance of discovering that. But meanwhile, it’s important to know that if we are a Christian, God can use us where we currently are. In fact, my experience has been that serving God where you are is one of the best ways to discover God’s ultimate purpose for your life.
Naaman’s maid was taken captive from Israel to Syria. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she chose to be a servant of God where she was. In a simple but powerful way, she illustrates how God can use us where we are. Perhaps you are not in the place in life you want to be. But who knows; maybe you are where you are to be a blessing for someone else’s life.
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[God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways]