II Kings 5:1-3
(Christian School Chapel Message)
Intro: I preached last Sunday morning on this little girl, but many of you were not here or were in Junior Church. Also, what I am preaching about today is a completely different message from last week.
I want to focus on this little girl. I want you to try and imagine yourself in her place.
This little girl was kidnapped from her family. She was taken to a foreign country. She was forced to be a servant to the wife of her captor. But in this story, she demonstrated some amazing attributes.
This tells me that if she can do amazing things in her situation, young people today have NO EXCUSES!
Kids are the best in the world at coming up with excuses. Here are just a few excuses that kids have come up with – just for not doing their homework!
Top Ten Excuses for No Homework
1. Our family got a new paper shredder, and I had to make sure it was working.
2. I made my homework into a paper airplane, and it got hi-jacked.
3. I did my homework in my head, and now I can’t find it.
4. I couldn’t do my homework because I was at the rally for giving all the teachers a raise.
5. My pencil ran out of batteries.
6. My mom did it wrong, so I threw it out the window on the way to school.
7. My brother put my homework in Ebay, but unfortunately, I wasn’t the highest bidder.
8. My cat ate my homework, then my science project ate my cat.
9. My calculator is solar, and unfortunately, it was dark last night.
10. I didn’t do my homework because I didn’t want to add to your already heavy work load.
No Excuse to…
I. Disrespect the People that are in Authority
This little girl called her captor “my lord.”
This was a sign of respect.
NOTE: I’m not talking about being respectful if you are kidnapped.
I am not talking about people that may try to hurt you.
I’m talking about your parents; your teacher; those that God has put over you to help you.
You can tell a lot about a child by how they treat those in authority.
Disrespecting your parents or your teacher is a sin. Plain and simple.
- Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
Do you want to know how strongly God feels about disrespecting your parents?
Notice the law given to Moses in the Old Testament.
- 18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and [that], when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
- 19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
- 20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
- 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
If this little maid could respect her captor; her slave-owner; then you have NO EXCUSE to disrespect your authorities.
No Excuse to…
II. Disregard the Pain that is Abundant
This little girl had a lot of problems.
But it didn’t stop her from seeing the pain that Naaman was experiencing.
She no doubt saw the pain in his wife’s face.
The children of Naaman were hurting.
She saw their pain and was moved by it.
If she could do something to help alleviate the pain of those around her, we have NO EXCUSE!
People all around us are hurting.
We have the choice to either focus on our own problems, or see the needs of others.
- Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Do you even notice when others are hurting?
Do you offer to help them?
Do you care?
This little girl did. If she did, then we have NO EXCUSE.
No Excuse to…
III. Doubt the Power that is Available
This little girl had no doubt that God could heal Naaman.
Notice what she said in verse 3.
- 3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
She was fully confident that if Naaman could go to Elisha, that he would be healed.
Where did she get the idea that Elisha could heal a leper, even if he wanted to?
Nobody had ever been healed of leprosy in Israel by Elisha.
But notice what Jesus said in:
- Luke 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
Why do we doubt God’s power, when He’s been transforming lives for thousands of years?
She was an amazing young lady because she believed God could do something that she’d never seen done before.
If she didn’t doubt God, then we HAVE NO EXCUSE.
No Excuse to…
IV. Dismiss the Potential that is Attainable
Here is a little girl that nobody knows.
Her name is not even given.
She only made one statement as far as we can tell.
But she had the potential to change the world. And she did.
Her actions changed Naaman.
It changed his family.
It changed the army of Syria.
It changed the nation.
It got the attention of the king of Syria. Vs.5
It got the attention of the king of Israel. Vs. 6
It got the attention of the man of God in Israel. Vs. 9
The ripple effect of that little maid impacted “forever” vs. 27
If she – in slavery; in bondage; with no parents and no church around – could change the world, so can you.
The potential to do something amazing is attainable – you do not have an excuse!