Naaman would have made a great millennial. A highly skilled and intelligent individual. A man used to getting his own way. A fighter, passionate about his cause. He wouldn’t have trouble blending in today.
Yet as 2 Kings 5 tells us, as great a warrior Naaman was, he was illprepared to fight the greatest battle of his life – the fight against his pride. The fright against self.
Instagram accounts give a false sense of celebrity and fame. A shelf full of token trophies give a false sense of achievement. Life on a silver platter produces an overinflated sense of entitlement.
What we have is Naaman syndrome. A generation of incredible individuals who could never stoop so low as to wash in the Jordan River.
In a world where it is so normal to be selfish and entitled, the greatest spiritual battle of our age is pride.
God’s people have be counter culture. We have to be humble and we have to model it for young people. Yes, we have to. Self-obsession is a black hole no one should be sucked into.
Life is not all Damascus rivers and victory parades. Unicorns and rainbows. New cars and rich boyfriends. You don’t always preach to a full room, eat Michelin Star dinners or nab the corner office first try.
Sometimes you’ve got to wash in the Jordan. Drive an old car. Settle for a job you are over qualified for. Miss the team. Be wrong.
Elements of life will not always be worth posting on Instagram. It isn’t glamorous. It’s dirty. Stinky. Filthy. And totally beneath you.
Yet the Jordan River was the only path for Naaman’s breakthrough.
Micah 6:8 says,
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Walk humbly. Respect authority. Don’t despise small beginnings. Be faithful in the small things. And if God opens a dirty, stinky, off-putting door before you, well it might just be the gateway to a miracle.