Missionary Lessons From a Little Maid

In the story of the healing of Naaman the leper we are told about a maid from Israel. We know very little about her, but what we do know we can draw some lessons for our lives.

And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.¬†And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

—2 Kings 5:2, 3

She Obeyed the Call

She could have resisted going with the Syrians when she was captured, but she probably would have been killed. We don’t know how old she was. She was apparently old enough to know about God and His prophet Elisha. That would indicate she was old enough to have resisted. However, she chose to obey the call to go to a new place.

She Loved the People

This little maid was captured and held as a slave yet she showed love for the people she was with. She could easily have been bitter against the Syrians and her owners (or even bitter towards God). But she shows a level of love and respect for Naaman and his family. As a little missionary in a foreign land she loved the people she was called to serve.

She Shared the Good News

Naaman had a problem that he could not solve. While the little girl was also powerless to heal her master, she knew someone who did possess the power Naaman needed. She knew the Lord. She knew about the Lord’s prophet. She could not deliver God’s healing on her own. She shared the good news that she knew with her master whom she chose to love. She was a witness of the power of God to those who were around her.

Many of you have not been called to foreign service as a missionary, but how are you doing with the people around you? Missionaries sometimes struggle to love the people enough to share the good news with them. We all need to love our neighbors and those who surround us enough to share the good news of the Gospel with them: whether they be from our native country or some far-off land.

[This little girl even inspired a historical fiction book about her. I read it in school but don’t remember anything about it. I may have to find a copy and read it again.]

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