Sunday, 12 February 2012

The People in our Lives

There are times when we quickly  forget what the sermon was all about before we're out of the worship place. There are other times when the sermon will be on our minds on the way home, throughout the day, week, months and some times even years. I was very touched by the sermon preached today so much that10 hours after it is still ringing in my ears. The text was from the so much talked about story, Naaman Healed of Leprosy.
The sermon was about the people in our lives, and in this case the preacher identified the people in Naaman's life as; Naaman wife's servant (a young captive from Israel), the king of Aram, king of Israel and Elisha.

I was profoundly touched by the role played by the servant. She was the least of all the people in Naaman's life so her name wasn't even mentioned. Who cares about a young captive. Yet it was the insignificant young captive girl who initiated the process of getting Naaman healed from his leprosy, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy". Who are the people in your life and how do you rate them? There are some people in our lives whom we'll do whatever it takes to keep the relationship and others that you don't care what happens to them. It's difficult to tell how each of the people in our lives could effect us in the future. Since no one can tell what might happen in the future it's best to treat people with respect and dignity.

It's very easy to start a relationship be it social or business but how to nurture such relationship is the problem. Day after day people come to our lives consciously or unconsciously who might bless us today or in the future but we do dismiss them for variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, education, wealth, nationality, tribe, faith, stereotype, and past disappointment. Some wouldn't have anything at all to do with that person because they're not from the different country or tribe, religion or denomination. What is your attitude towards people of different nationality, race, tribe, faith? What is your attitude towards people in your household? You never know what you might be missing for being snobbish. Despite Naaman's greatness something about him needed to be fixed and it took the intervention of the least significant person in his life to get that fixed. Mind that insignificant person in your life.