Watch this Video: Tim Keller continues to explore Grace and the story of Naaman
“This is one of the main points of the Bible. You and I have been conditioned to believe that if you have any problems, the problems come from somebody or some circumstance out there. And the solution to those problems you can find deep inside. For the last 20 years, every single made for America movie has basically had this theme – ‘ you got problems, but you can do it. you have all it takes inside, you’ve got to look inside, you have to reach down, and you have everything it takes to face your problems.’
The Bible says its exactly the opposite. The problems are not from out there and the solution in here. You’re biggest problems are in here. They’re from your own heart … and the only solution is to go outside and get the intervention of God.
And unless you make that switch from saying my problems are from the outside and the solution is in – to the problems are from inside me, the problem with the world is me and I need to go outside to find the solution – you can’t become a Christian. You can;t meet God. You have to embrace that fact. ” -Tim Keller
2 Kings 5:15-27
15 When he returned to the man of God with all his company, and came and stood before him, he said, “Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; so please take a present from your servant now.” 16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17 Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord.18 In this matter may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.” 19 He said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him some distance.
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, “Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, by not receiving from his hands what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw one running after him, he came down from the chariot to meet him and said, “Is all well?” 22 He said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Behold, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothes.’” 23 Naaman said, “Be pleased to take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of clothes and gave them to two of his servants; and they carried them before him.24 When he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and deposited them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed. 25 But he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.”
26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants? 27 Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.