Help, The Way I Want It

2 Kings 5:9-14 (KJV)

9  So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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?
14  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.

To often church leaders respond in a like fashion as Naaman when it comes to getting and receiving help. In this example, this leader was expecting that the "word of truth and help" would come from a particular person. I imagine that this leader expected that Elisha would drop everything he was doing to attend to his needs.

Quite frequently we see church leaders refusing to get help for their ministry because they have convinced themselves that help must be delivered only by a particular person or should come in a specific method. To have a handmaiden tell you to dip in the dirtiest river in the region seven time wasn't quite what Naaman wanted to hear. Unfortunately, I have seen and have heard of numerous church leaders that would rather (by their actions) see their ministry experience a slow death, than to get help or to change their ways. God is not limited in His resources, He does not rely on the most popular to deliver His message, He uses the willing.

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