2 Kings 5: 1-3
Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, ‘If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’
Matthew 6: 4
…your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
1 Corinthians 1: 26-29
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
Naaman, a successful and well-known general, has leprosy, a skin condition which is going to eventually destroy him. We read that his young servant girl, who had been essentially kidnapped from Israel, is the only one who brings hope into the situation and offers any kind of solution. She is a powerless, insignificant immigrant who we never hear about again. We don’t even know her name. Yet, she has the ability to exert influence through her knowledge and compassion.
As you read through the Bible you discover many other nameless people who play a significant role in fulfilling God’s purposes and plans throughout history. We might know something about their backgrounds and circumstances, but their actual names are not disclosed. Here’s just a few that come to mind: the widow of Zarapheth, Job’s wife, the wise men, the woman with an issue of blood, the boy who offered Jesus his bread and fish, the woman at the well, the thieves crucified beside Jesus. These anonymous characters all played their part in the salvation story and serve as an example for us thousands of years later.
In a world where so many people are seeking power, public profiles and platforms, we need to recognise that God often uses the seemingly unimportant and insignificant people to fulfil His Kingdom purposes. Nameless and faceless individuals who step onto the stage at just the right time carrying out faith-filled actions, speaking words of life and offering unique solutions which transform lives and even nations. They serve as an inspiration and example for us to emulate.
Perhaps you find yourself feeling overlooked and unappreciated, you think you’re unnoticed and unimportant. Take heart today, the Father sees you and knows you. If you are willing to offer whatever is in your hand and heart to God, you have no idea just how He will use that to bring help, hope and healing into broken lives and seemingly impossible situations. In the end, what we long to hear from Jesus is not “well-known” but “well done”.
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