Re:Verse reading–2 Kings 5 (day four)
It is a common belief…even when we don’t recognize that we are doing it. If we work hard enough and our good works outweigh the bad, we will have redemption. It is known as ‘salvation by works.’ This belief may be common, but it is misguided and false. We cannot be saved by anything we can do.
Naaman just needed to know what steps he needed to take. Being a great warrior, he knew he would have to work hard for his cure (redemption). When the only thing he was asked to do was to wash in the muddy Jordan River, he thought he had been had. He’d come all this way only to discover he had been deceived. His wise and loving servants persuaded him to simply act in faith and he was healed. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.