by Adam Dean
Things were desperate in the city of Samaria. The Syrian army had them surrounded and starving people were resorting to cannibalism to survive! Outside the gates four lepers sat starving, as well. “The famine is in the city, and we shall die there,” they said to each other, “and if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.’ ” 2 Kings 7:4.
Rising at twilight, they approached the Syrian camp, but to their surprise, they found it deserted! The Lord had caused the enemy to hear the sounds of chariots and horses, and they fled in a panic—just before the lepers arrived!
Entering one tent after another, the lepers quickly filled their bellies with food. Then they grabbed silver and gold and hid it outside the camp. But on one of their trips they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” 2 Kings 7:9.
They had found something too good to keep to themselves, and although they were outcasts, no one had to persuade them to tell the starving city. They were dying for good news!
More abundant life
Has God given you something so incredibly good that you simply must share it? Or is your good news good enough to share? In 1 Peter 2:9–10 we are called a “chosen generation,” a “royal priesthood,” and God’s own “special people,” that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of the darkness into His marvelous light. And if we’ve been called out of darkness, we must let our light shine!
But perhaps you feel more like a mission field than a missionary. Perhaps you’re thinking, I don’t know enough, or I don’t have enough time. Maybe you’re thinking, I’m afraid, and what if they ask me tough questions? Some will be thinking, Isn’t that the pastor’s job? If so, the enemy has convinced you of failure before you try!
Remember the story of the twelve Israelite spies sent into Canaan? “And there we saw the giants,” they said, “and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers.” Numbers 13:33. Instead of bringing good news, ten of them came back frightened. But had God given them a mission? Was He powerful enough to give them success? Caleb and Joshua thought so!
Don’t listen to Satan’s lies! Take courage! God has promised to complete the work that He has started in each of us. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” I can say with certainty that this verse has come true for me when I’ve given of myself in ministry to others. That’s also when I’ve grown the most!
John 6 tells the story of how Christ fed the 5,000, and I’m always amazed by the fact that this wonderful miracle started out with a young boy offering Jesus his five barley loaves and two small fish. Do you have a talent you think is too small for the Lord to use? Remember what the Lord can do with something small that’s given willingly. Give Him what you have. It doesn’t matter how little you know; by faith God will multiply it!
He is faithful.
He will do it.