The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 8 27 2011
By Toni Osborne, Happy Sabbath! Today we celebrate our youth. It is in childhood that we are to instill in them precious lessons from God’s Word that will shape their thought processes and actions when they are faced with adversity. Take the story of the little girl who lost her freedom and her family. She found herself a slave serving the wife of Naaman, the head of the Syrian army. Alone and frightened, she had reached her nadir. Yet even in her captivity, her Godly education shone forth, and she became the catalyst for the healing and salvation of her captors.
You see Naaman was a leper. The little captive girl felt such compassion for Naaman that she said to his wife, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” II Kings 5:3. Naaman was so impressed by her faith in the prophet’s ability to heal that he went to Samaria in search of the prophet. When he arrived at Elisha’s door, a message was sent to him: “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” vs. 10. The Jordan! Did Elisha really expect a man of Naaman’s caliber to debase himself by dipping in the muddy waters of the Jordan? Couldn’t he dip himself in the pristine waters of Damascus and be healed? Naaman found himself at the crossroads of faith and doubt. Was it possible that the little girl was right about the prophet? He decided to take a leap of faith. Six times Naaman dipped himself into the murky waters of the Jordan— nothing happened. The seventh time he dipped himself, “and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” vs. 14. Naaman received both physical and spiritual healing!
That little girl’s Godly education resulted in her being a beacon of light to a family enmeshed in darkness. Berean, our children need a Godcentered, faith-based education to sustain them when the vicissitudes of life strike. Let’s continue to support Christian education by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education/ Scholarship line).