Though men may scoff and scorn God still has servants today continuing to present His message. He has servants in pulpits proclaiming the power and wisdom of God. He has servants in work places, neighborhoods, retirement homes, testifying to the world this simple truth: If you will pursue great deeds for salvation, why would you not repent of your sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation?
And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more than, when he says to you, “Wash, and be clean?”
II Kings 5:13 NKJV
Hoping David would be killed by the Philistines in I Samuel 19, Saul promised David he could marry Michal, Saul’s daughter, if David brought him 100 foreskins of the Philistines. David was pleased with such a challenge and reward before him. Through the strength of the Lord David brought king Saul not 100 but 200 foreskins of the Philistines.
Jacob loved Rachel so much he was willing to work a total of 14 years to gain her hand in marriage (Genesis 29).
With the promise from the Pope of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven, tens of thousands followed the Frankish and Latin led crusades to the Middle East to drive out the Muslims from the ‘holy land’ while the Muslims fought back for much the same reasons.
With the promise of great reward, men will pursue great deeds.
Naaman’s rage at Elisha’s message was directed at the manner and simplicity of it. The prophet himself did not even make an appearance and no great deed was required of Naaman.