Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 20 Year 1
“He went in and stood before his master; and Elisha said to him, ‘Where have you been, Gehazi?’ He answered, ‘Your servant has not gone anywhere at all.’ But he said to him, ‘Did I not go with you in spirit when someone left his chariot to meet you? Is this a time to accept money and to accept clothing, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves?” (2 Kings 5:25 – 26)
Gehazi examples for us a poor choice in character brought on by greed and envy. He has every opportunity to receive the legacy that started with Elijah and passed on to Elisha. Gehazi would be next in line to receive it. Elisha was already with Gehazi in spirit which is what he had asked of Elijah as he saw Elijah taken up by the chariots of fire. But instead Gehazi forfeits his mentorship for some material things.
As life has it, one bad move often leads to another. Gehazi goes to Naaman to make him give up something for the cure he received and to obtain wealth for himself. Then, he feels he has to lie to his master Elisha. Oh what a tangle web we weave. My take-away in this story is to not devalue good mentors. Gehazi was blessed to be in the tutelage of Elisha. But he lost it.
Every human being should find two or more people they admire and then aspire to be like them in some way. In this day and age we have the added advantage of books and the world wide web that can assist us with the personal attributes of just about anybody in the world, living or deceased. We can pattern parts of our lives after someone’s vocation, theology, habits and/or hobbies.
In my own walk on this earth I meet people with unique expressions of their experiences. I am a copycat of sorts. Little idiosyncrasies that I find delightful in others I adopt for myself. I pray that as I am more and more a composite of the good I perceive in others that I too will be a good person. I am still a Christian under construction. Jesus is the foundational person that I build on. I work hard to not let greed, envy or strife lead me away from the personality of Jesus and others I want to be like.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+