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Sundown Devotional: Serving God With Our Influence

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

The Devotional

So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. 2 Kings 5: 4 NLT.

We know that Naaman was a Syrian army general, high in his king’s esteem. We know that he had scored a victory over the Israelite army and brought home his capture. His career identity had been established, although it was powerless to heal him of his leprosy. (The entire story is in 2 Kings 5: 1-14).

We do not know her name or age. All we know is that she was one of Naaman's capture and that she became a maid to Naaman’s wife. Yet, even as we wonder about her identity, we cannot miss her pervading influence over those with outstanding identity.

It started with something she said: that God’s prophet [Elijah] in Samaria could heal leprosy. She mentioned it to her mistress, who shared it with her husband, who informed the king, who acted on it. The king sent Naaman to Elijah, and God healed his leprosy. The girl’s proposal proved effective and gained national significance. Her influence became her identity.

How different her story could have been if she had surrendered to self-pity, or defiance toward those who captured her. She did not allow her plight to rob her of her spiritual conviction, or of the opportunity to share her faith. She may have been too naïve to understand personal significance, but she was not too young to show concern—a trait of individuals with great influence.

Her faith is a shining example, especially to Christian believers. We learn from her:

  • To know who we are, regardless of who doesn’t;
  • To share our faith boldly, no matter our age;
  • To maintain control of our situation, and not let our situation control us;
  • That what we do for others is credited as something we do for God;
  • That we may influence many who never hear our names.

Let’s not feel devalued because of our lack of identity. Let's use our influence, especially in adverse circumstances, to establish God’s identity as Sovereign Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that our identity in You is secure. Please help us show it by the lives we live, as we seek to influence others. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Ten Quotes Demonstrating Influence

  1. “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    And where there is sadness, joy."
    ―Francis of Assisi
  2. “There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God." ―Alistair Begg
  3. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ―John Bunyan
  4. "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." ―Jim Elliot
  5. “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” ―Jana Stanfield
  6. "You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read." ―John MacArthur
  7. "There is nothing that makes us love someone so much as praying for them."
    —William Law
  8. "No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness." —Phillips Brooks
  9. "We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone." ―Marianne Williamson
  10. "I Choose Kindness... I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind for that is how God has treated me." ―Max Lucado
You are the only Bible some unbelievers will read.

You are the only Bible some unbelievers will read.

More Sundown Devotionals

  • Sundown Devotional: Going Home Ready and Glad
    Do we long for our heavenly home? Why then do we frighten each other with so many WhatsApp texts highlighting distress and disasters? Why not send messages confirming our joy and inviting others to get ready?
  • Sundown Devotional: Searching Takes Time
    One quick search will not yield all we need or all we can get to improve our lives. It takes time. Is the intensity of our desire to find reflected in the intensity of our search?

© 2014 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 28, 2014:

God bless you too, MotherofNations. Like you, I love stories of Bible women, and young women are my overall favorite subjects. This little girl attracts my attention.

Mothers of Nations on July 28, 2014:

Beautiful and inspirational. I love learning about women in the Bible. Amazing how you were able to take her story and bring it to life for your readers to relate to today. God bless you...

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2014:

Eric, thank you for sharing that. Always happy to be encouraging!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 08, 2014:

I keep this on follow to remind me and lift me up. I thought I should share that with you. Thank you

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 08, 2014:

Skye, you truly encourage me. May God bless us both, and use us to empower each other as well as others.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on February 07, 2014:

Ms Dora Sister this is one of your best! Awesome works dear and precous msdora. I truly enjoyed and savored your words and felt the Holy Spirit jump out of the pages. This is an amazing work girl. The Spirit of God works in you dear sister. The maid truly has gifts of the Spirit. I am blessed in reading your fine works. Thank you . Keep going msdora. You will. Phil 4:13. May God continue to shine His favor on you in all your comings and goings. My Love, Skye

shared and voted!!!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 03, 2014:

Rasta, thanks for your input. The perspectives are not very different; all great words.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on February 03, 2014:

What you call influence, I call legacy. Some people call it power. It was what men of renown are made of. Even if some of them are not named.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 30, 2014:

Denise,your observation is true for many of us. Thank you very much.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 30, 2014:

We never know how far-reaching our influence will be. This simply woman did what she felt was right, and influenced generations. We, in our own simple ways, never know when we will do the same!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 30, 2014:

Frank, bless you too, for your continual support. You encourage me.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 29, 2014:

Msdora thank you for the lesson I really do get the messages in your hubs.. bless you

Michael-Milec on January 28, 2014:

Thank you, MsDora. You always inspire me to. . .

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 28, 2014:

Thank you, Michael. You always summarize the articles so well. A blessed week to you, too.

Michael-Milec on January 27, 2014:

Hello MsDora,

How those Jewish parents did brought up such a godly child? Yours is very effective message both to the parents and the children. So obvious: influence in this life- the identity " store up yourself treasure in heaven..." - is known to the Lord .

Voted useful, beautiful and interesting.

Have a blessed week.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Flourish, your comment is very encouraging. Thank you for registering your satisfaction. I appreciate you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 27, 2014:

Interesting read, Dora, especially because my background in psychology touches so deeply upon the study of individual, group, and collective identity. I particularly like how you drew out the lessons that children, adults, etc. could learn.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Deborah, the article that I finished with is different from the one I had in mind when I started. I also realized what a great story this was, and I am glad that I shared it. Thank you for your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Psychic, happy to contribute to your hope and joy. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Ann, thank you for stopping by. The more we read these stories, the more we learn. That makes the Bible interesting to read.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Romeos, thank you for your caring remarks and for sharing your valuable insight. I appreciate you!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 27, 2014:

Great story and lesson, Ms. Dora. Thanks for sharing it.

psychicdog.net on January 27, 2014:

Loved it thanks. I see so many others here who have picked up on the spirit here too and that fills me with hope and joy. Thanks again Ms Dora and God Bless.

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on January 27, 2014:

Well done and well thought out, MsDora. I've read that story several times, but you brought out lessons that I hadn't thought of such as her lack of identity not being as important as her faith. I also noticed the quote from Ellen White. She's awesome.

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on January 27, 2014:

A good Hub article for teaching the younger women at home; I suppose in retrospect, the fact that her identity isn't disclosed places more focus upon her actions. and history has attached its kudos to a timeless slave girl, who shall always be remembered. Her humility has become the platform for her high elevation.

Thank you MsDora, and trust you are well and have enjoyed a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,

R.Q.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Sheila, you summarized it very well. I like that song, too. Thank you for your input.

sheilamyers on January 27, 2014:

For some reason a line from a song popped into my head after reading this hub. "Little is much if God is in it." I know there are other people like me who often wonder what good we're doing for God and others because, as you said, people don't seem to even know we're there. But this hub is a great reminder that even when people don't know our name, we may have done something (big or small) that had a positive impact.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

WiccanSage, thank you for your encouragement. So glad it makes sense to someone beside me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Jackie, thank you for sharing your insight. I agree. The joy in doing the right thing comes just from doing the right thing.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 27, 2014:

Very interesting hub. Makes a lot of sense, not something I ever really thought about. Nice work.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 27, 2014:

They can't be put on an alter in this life and that is another lesson. We can do what is right to be thought highly of or we can just do it because it is the right thing to do. There will be reward I believe bu should never be the reason for a good deed.

Interesting food for thought as always. ^+

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Lifegate, the difference is that we really want to know the heroine maid, so we notice that her name is missing. We seem not to be concerned about the name of her mistress, who is only in a supportive role. You're right. God knows our names and that matters.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Bill, your comment on the title made my day. I was wondering how a reader would feel about not being notified in the title that it was Bible story. Thank you for answering the question I didn't ask.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

DDE, thanks for your participation. Your comment is encouraging.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 27, 2014:

Good Morning MsDora,

Another well done hub. Thank you.Ii always wondered why God chose to not name the slave girl, and I guess it doesn't matter, but I never thought about her mistress not being named either. God knows their names even if we don't. Thanks again!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 27, 2014:

A very interesting topic; your title hooked me immediately and then your words ended up being quite wise. A good read and I thank you for it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 27, 2014:

Awesomely thought of and so interesting. The lesson learned here is a great on in treating others.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Hi Eric. You're a gem. You know how to make me smile. You make my day with your very kind comments. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Faith, I always treasure your comments and your votes. Yes, Naaman's maid make us think of our duty to serve no matter what.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Jodah, thank you for summarizing and voting. I appreciate your participation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 27, 2014:

Hi Word, here are so many great stories and lessons in The Book. Thanks for the invitation to do some more.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 27, 2014:

And Miss Dora walked up to the plate and the whole crowd was watching as the best pitcher in the game wound up and threw his best fast ball at her. And she stood tall and proud in the batter's box and knocked that ball clean out of the stadium, a home run for all to marvel at.

I just have a hard time taking the me out of me. This story is a great one and you laid it out perfect. Thank you Lord Jesus for Dora!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 27, 2014:

Wow, MsDora, this is a great hub here on Naaman's Maid. We can all learn a lot from her faith and how to treat others by her example!

Really well-written and useful. Up and more and sharing.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 27, 2014:

Good hub MsDora. It is a lesson in compassion and doing the right thing, even towards the undeserving without seeking praise or reward. Voted up.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on January 27, 2014:

Thank you MsDora for another wonderful story and lesson that was well taken of the great book. Keep them coming.

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