Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 Kings 5.1
Underneath Naaman’s clothes, which happened to be the uniform of a senior officer of the armed forces, was a leprous body, but I think very few people knew about this.
After taking a closer look at this verse, a deep concern came over me because some assistants have a leprosy called “unconfessed sin” under their uniform. This sin is slowly causing them to rot away: complacency, bad eyes, hypocrisy, lies, promiscuity, among other sins that can cause a person to become leprous.
In 2 Kings 5.11-12, Naaman shows a clear sign of the problem he concealed under his uniform: pride. He thought he was better than everyone else and belittled others. Today, when we see an assistant murmuring around the Church against a man of God, like Naaman did, we can quickly detect there is an internal problem (spiritual leprosy), since he is never satisfied with anything and complains about everything that is suggested to him.
What is the greatest danger about finding this leprosy in the life of an assistant or one of us, pastors and bishops?
During the time of the Lord Jesus, a leper only had two options: humble himself before God or be stoned to death.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Mark 1.40
This was the only way his skin could be restored like the flesh of a young child, just as Naaman’s was.
During those times, if a leper were found in the street, he would be stoned to death. Today, everything the devil wants is to find a leprous patch of skin under the uniform of an assistant. There have been many fellow assistants, pastors and bishops who were stoned to death (spiritually). This happens when they don’t want to humble themselves and ask for help so their skin could be restored like the flesh of a child. Do you remember what Jesus said?
Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18.3
Let’s be careful! Let’s examine how our skin is under our suits and uniforms.
God bless you!