July 7

2 Kings 5:25-26 (NIV) 25Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha. "Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked. "Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered. 26But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants?

After Naaman was healed, he offered Elisha a small fortune. Elisha refused to take anything and sent Naaman home in peace. Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, thought they had missed an opportunity to make some financial gain. He ran after the caravan and made a very creative lie. He told Naaman that two prophets showed up just after he left and they wanted to give them some silver and sets of clothes. Naaman gladly gave these to Gehazi.

Gehazi brought them back and hid them. Elisha gave Gehazi a chance to come clean by asking him where he had gone. Gehazi lied again and said, "Nowhere". After all the miracles he had seen, all the supernatural discernment in Elisha, you wonder how he thought he would get away with this. Not only that, but he had so much evidence that there is a God who is just and righteous.

Elisha told Gehazi that his spirit was there when Naaman got down from his chariot. I imagine Gehazi's heart stopped about then. Elisha asked, "Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants?" Is this the time to get rich? Should our simple obedience to God warrant earthly treasure, or are we laying up treasure in heaven? Gehazi demonstrated that he was after earthly reward. God does supply our physical need, but where is our heart set? Why do we serve? If we have to make up stories, we know something is amiss.

Remember Jesus' words: Lay up your treasure in heaven where neither moth nor rust corrupts and where thieves cannot break in and steal it.

July 7

John 17:3-5 (NIV) 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

A dictionary might define eternal life as a life without beginning or end, but Jesus defines it as knowing the only true Eternal One. There is only one true God. Jesus very name means salvation of the Eternal One. What does it mean to know Him? A few of the ideas behind this Greek word include: to learn, to know, come to know, to perceive, to become acquainted with. The ideas include an ever-increasing perception in relationship.

Jesus prayed a prayer of thanks for being able to bring glory to the Father. His complete obedience to the Father's will gave us a demonstration of the heart of the Father. In doing that, He expressed the glory of God. Though He had not yet finished the course, He had determined in His heart that He would, and by faith He counted it done.

In verse 5, we see the longing of Jesus to return to the presence of the Father. There He would share the glory of the Father, for they are one. It was His existence in eternity past. Can you seen the difference between walking with God in this world and being there in eternity in His presence unhindered by these bodies in their present form? For those who know Him now, it will be the continuation of what we have begun on earth. It will be a deepening of the knowledge of Him.

Consider: Have you begun to know Him, the only true God, and Jesus, His salvation? Increase in that knowledge of Him today by bringing Him glory. That happens when we do His will. Then you will be completing the work He has given you to do.