Am I Doing This?
Much good can be done,
but if not for the Lord
it does not count.
Psa 100:3 "Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."
Rom 14:6 "He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks."
Rom 14:7 "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself."
Rom 14:8 "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."
Rom 14:9 "For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living."
Rom 14:8 "… we are the Lord's."
For whom am I doing this?
Zec 7:5 "Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?"
Zec 7:6 "And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?"
For whom am I doing all this?
2 Ki 5:1 "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper."
For whom is he doing all this?
2 Ki 5:2 "And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife."
2 Ki 5:3 "And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy."
For whom is she doing all this?
King of Syria
2 Ki 5:4 "And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel."
2 Ki 5:5 "And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment."
For whom is he doing all this?
King of Israel
2 Ki 5:6 "And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy."
2 Ki 5:7 "And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me."
For whom is he doing all this?
2 Ki 5:8 "And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
For whom is he doing all this?
Stage is set
All but one of the characters in place, but we will come to the last character soon enough.
Sincerity is difficult to measure until you ask the question …
Sincere for what?
Sincere for whom?
For whom are we doing all this?
2 Ki 5:9 "So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha."
2 Ki 5:10 "And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean."
2 Ki 5:11 "But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper."
2 Ki 5:12 "Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage."
We read how he was
a servant of his king
won many battles
and this all seemed good indeed
For whom was he doing all this?
It looks as though he was doing it all for himself.
Others could benefit, as long as he did.
2 Ki 5:13 "And his servants came near, and spake unto him, Now, these servants and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?"
For whom are you doing all this?
2 Ki 5:14 "Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."
Change in purpose
2 Ki 5:15 "And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant."
"…now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel…"
"For whom he is doing all this"
2 Ki 5:16 "But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused."
2 Ki 5:17 "And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD."
2 Ki 5:18 "In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing."
2 Ki 5:19 "And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way."
Now we are going to hear from a man that has real problems
We have a man here
who does not know for whom he works
who does not know for whom he lives
who does not know for whom he is doing all of this …
2 Ki 5:20 "But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him."
2 Ki 5:21 "So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?"
2 Ki 5:22 "And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments."
2 Ki 5:23 "And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him."
2 Ki 5:24 "And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed."
2 Ki 5:25 "But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither."
2 Ki 5:26 "And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?"
2 Ki 5:27 "The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow."
Is this the time
Is this the time to think of yourselves?
There is a time for everything and Elisha told Gehazi
this is not the time for self
Eccl 3:1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
Eccl 3:2 "A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;"
Eccl 3:3 "A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;"
Eccl 3:4 "A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"
Eccl 3:5 "A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;"
Eccl 3:6 "A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;"
Eccl 3:7 "A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;"
Eccl 3:8 "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
Now watch the conclusion
Eccl 3:9 "What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?"
Eccl 3:10 "I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it."
Eccl 3:11 "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."
Eccl 3:12 "I know that there is no good in them…"
I know that there is no good in our work
but in the rest of the verse he gives the exception
"…but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life."
Eccl 3:13 "And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God."
For whom are you doing this?
How do we do this for God?
Eph 6:5 "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;"
Col 3:22 "Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:"
Col 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
1 Cor 7:22 "For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant."
1 Cor 7:23 "Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
Ask yourselves, For whom am I doing this?
Col 3:17 "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
1 Cor 3:21 "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;"
1 Cor 3:22 "Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;"
1 Cor 3:23 "And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."
1 Cor 4:1 "Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God."
1 Cor 4:2 "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."
1 Pet 2:17 "Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king."
For Whom Am I Doing This?