Just Do It!

JUST DO IT!  

  • 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.
  • 2 Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5 “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied.

9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” 11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” – 2 Kings 5:1-5, 9-13 NIV   – In other words – JUST DO IT!

If you had a terrible problem and someone offered you a simple solution, wouldn’t you take it?  You say ‘yes’, but would you really?  So often we’re inclined to say:  ‘that won’t work – it’s too easy’.

Some people even say that about salvation.  They may be on slippery ground – headed for hell, and someone will say:  ‘just call out to God, ask Jesus to save you and come into your life’.  And they’ll say:  ‘what good would that do?  I’ve done too many bad things.  God will never forgive me’.  You can argue the point till you’re blue in the face, but unless that person calls out to the Lord to save them – they are headed for a lost eternity.  Instead of arguing the point, they need to JUST DO IT.

God keeps saying to me: ‘this is where I want you – in My Word and in My Presence’.  Yes, I live and walk around in the Presence of God all the time, just as you do.  But He’s wanting me to come aside into the secret place with Him.  Now there’s nowhere else on earth I’d rather be, than in the Presence of God.  It’s the most blissful place on earth.  It’s a place of rest and refreshing and peace and joy.  It’s an easy thing to come into God’s Presence.  Every one of us is welcome there at any time of the day or night.

And do I go there often?  Yes – but not nearly enough.  You see there are expectations in this world about how we spend our time.  Most of us have work to do, or study, family and friends to spend time with.  There are jobs that need doing around the house, and a multitude of other interests, from sport to TV and internet games – you name it.  They all take up time.

But God says:  ‘this is where I want you – in my Word, and in My Presence’.  So I need to JUST DO IT.  I’ve learnt in my Christian life, that if I take the time to wait on the Lord, to rest in His Presence, to find wisdom and strength and peace in Him, then the work I have to do is easy – everything flows along smoothly.  I have answers to difficult questions and energy for everything I need to do.  But do I do it?  Very often not!  Instead I’ll waste time trying to figure things out for myself – thinking about the problems – thinking about how wonderful God is, and how He’s going to help me – without actually, directly, connecting with Him and waiting upon Him.

I like the question Naaman’s servant asked:  ‘if he’d asked you to do something hard, would you have done it’?  Many of us would say: ‘yes’.  Why?  Because then we would know that we were really doing something about it.  Then we could take the credit for being hard-working, persevering and wise.  Generally speaking, we put so much confidence in our own work and our own wisdom.  Then we know something’s being done about the problem!

If we rely on God, then we’re often not sure when He’s going to do the thing or how He’ll do it – and we have no control over it.  We don’t like that.  Also, He might humble us in the process, and we don’t like that either!

The good news is, if we do things God’s way, it will get done.  It will be signed, sealed and delivered at the right moment in time – even if we think He’s running late.  And if He decides to humble us in the process – good!  Then maybe we’ll be more ready to do things His way, next time there’s a problem.

So what is God asking YOU to do, and are you doing it?  Maybe he’s asking you to invite the neighbours for a meal and share your testimony.  Maybe He wants you to go on a mission trip, or help with the sausage sizzle or Foodlink.  Perhaps you have money set aside for a particular purpose, but God’s asking you to give it for the building fund.  Whatever it is that He’s asking – JUST DO IT!

That’s what Mary said to the servants at the wedding in Cana of Galilee when they ran out of wine.  Whatever He says to you – DO IT.  And what was the result?  A miracle!  Jesus turned the water into wine!

You’ll be surprised how well everything will work out, if you just DO what He says.  When you act on act on a word from God, when you actually step out and DO what He’s asking you to do, you step into the realm of the miraculous, because that’s where God lives.  You may think what He’s asked you to do is just an ordinary thing – but if God said it, then you can guarantee there’s an eternal purpose in it, which will set in motion processes in the spiritual realm.  You could be setting up for a miracle, or a supernatural intervention in your life.  So listen to what the Lord is saying to you, and then JUST DO IT!

So Naaman – (feeling like a fool, and not really knowing what was going to happen), went down into the Jordan river and dipped himself in it seven times.  Some of his men were probably laughing behind his back, not really expecting anything to happen, and he knew it.  But he desperately wanted to be free of his leprosy, and in his desperation he forgot about his reputation – and he just DID IT.

14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

I wonder what he did when he surfaced for the seventh time and realised that the leprosy was gone.  Did he laugh, did he cry, did he fall on his knees in the water to worship the God of Israel?  Did he splash around like a little kid whose Christmases have all come at once?  We don’t know, but we do know he would have been amazed and excited, exhilarated, believing and seeing yet finding it hard to believe it had really happened.  Shaking his head in wonderment.

Can you imagine the scene with his wife, when he got back home and told the story?  A wife who thought she had lost the man she married.  She’d watched his fingers and toes turn white with leprosy, knowing that one day they would drop off.  Knowing that there was no cure, no solution to the problem, only a horrible, depressing future ahead.

And now he was healed?  How do you deal with that?

And in the background – a little servant girl.  A child who had been captured by the soldiers – dragged away from her mother and father and a family who loved her.  Forced to be a servant in the house of the great Naaman.  A young girl who probably cried herself to sleep at night – missing her family and home.

But she knew God.  She knew that God was faithful -that He would look after her even in this strange and unfamiliar place.  And when she heard that the master of the house, captain Naaman had leprosy, she had compassion for him and she knew what she must do.

Summoning all her childlike courage, she told her mistress about the One true God.  The God who is good, and faithful.  The God who has the power to heal.  She told her where to go to find the man of God who could help them.   She was stepping into the spiritual realm – setting in motion the domino effect that would lead to a miracle.

How did she feel when Naaman came home healed?  Probably no-one told her she was a hero – but she was.  All the generations since have heard of her mighty deed.  It’s written for all to see in the Word of God.  She did what God asked her to do, and it pleased Him to heal Naaman.

What is God asking you to do?  JUST DO IT!

Lots of Christians want to discover God’s Will for their lives, but often people just want to know how important their position will be, or how it will fit in with their plans.  The question really is:  ‘when you know the will of God – WILL YOU DO IT?

 

About The Author

Kerrie Price

I am a grandmother and a recently retired pastor. On my retirement I decided I needed a new interest in life and wanted to supplement my income. I have chosen to use my skills as a Christian Life Coach, and to learn new skills in the field of Internet Marketing, and though I haven't been on the journey very long, it has been a most interesting one. There is a great deal to learn and many wonderful people to meet via the Internet. I am enjoying this new stage of my life, and hope to help others who want to improve their circumstances and make a change for the better.

4 Comments

  • Antonio Matos

    Reply Reply May 27, 2015

    Hi there,

    I really enjoy this post, I myself do believe we all should have faith, is that some people give up to soon in there goals.

    Also I agree is all about “JUST DO IT!!” and believe in the word of God.

    So thanks again for this amazing post.

    Warm regards,
    Antonio Matos

    • Kerrie Price

      Reply Reply May 27, 2015

      You are right Antonio. Too often we give up just on the brink of a miracle,
      when if we persevered just that little bit longer, we would see the miraculous
      power of God at work.

  • Kim

    Reply Reply May 31, 2015

    Love your website Kerrie I thought the post above was awesome, you’re a brilliant writer

    Cheers
    Kim

    • Kerrie Price

      Reply Reply May 31, 2015

      Thanks Kim, I hope this website will become a source of blessing to many.

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