Naaman and the gospel

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[2Ki 5:13 NKJV] …”My father, [if] the prophet had told you [to do] something great, would you not have done [it]? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
The story of Naaman and Elijah is a powerful picture of the gospel in many ways. A man with an incurable disease, desperate and willing to pay anything to change it. The Hebrew slave girl that plants the seed of hope, declaring that Elijah could heal him. The impotence of the world to do anything to help Naaman. Elijah’s simple instructions to go to the Jordan and wash seven times and be healed.
When Naaman comes seeking the cure, he comes ready to pay any price. We all want to participate somehow in our salvation. We desire to pay some price for our redemption. We long to feel justified by some act or payment for our sin. However, the cross stipulates that Jesus alone paid the ultimate price. We can add nothing; we can only receive in humble obedience this gift of grace. Naaman almost missed his healing because of his pride. Had it not been for his wise servants encouraging him to take the simple step of humble obedience Naaman would have stayed a leper.
The gospel may be simple… but it doesn’t mean it is easy. Go, wash, and be cleansed. These same words are there for anyone who would listen today. They require only humble obedience for the seeker. May we, like the slave girl, be willing to plant the seeds of hope even among our enemies. Most importantly may we like Naaman not miss out on Jesus’ healing because of our pride or religious expectations. Go, wash, and you shall be clean!