“Then they said to one another: We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent... let us go and tell ...” 2 Kings 7:9 (Complete Text: 2 Kings 7)
As we approach a very wonderful time of the year, 'Thanksgiving Day' and 'Christmas', and in view of a spiritually challenging day like Halloween (my conviction), our text beautifully reminds us that 'this is the day of good news'. We are also admonished not to remain silent, but to go and tell. Therefore, if we are to fulfill the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), there must be a great commitment on our part. Be reminded that it is about lifestyle, not a program. Allow me to suggest four effective and encouraging keys for living and sharing the good news:
1. We must be Prompted by a Spirit of Compassion (v.9)
The four men in this story said, “We are not doing right. This is a day of good news."
Truth: Men, women, boys and girls need Jesus! No one comes to God without Him (John 14:6). Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10) because sin separates and has an ultimate wage of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
Key fact: You cannot be compassionate towards men until you are passionate with your God. As you cultivate continually an intimate relationship with God (passion), you will more likely see what He sees, hear what He hears and love what He loves (compassion). This is what has always separated ministry from mere religious activity; spiritual relationship from organized religion.
Please note: Satan is intent in hindering our relationship with God. While only God is all-knowing, Satan is still aware that our pursuit of God makes us passionate believers and that our healthy relationship with God will make us compassionate servants for the glory of God and for the benefit of men. If we are careless about our relationship with God, we will care-less, for the world God loves (John 3:16). Compassion will help us resist the 'sin of silence'.
Appreciate the fact that God has given you spiritual leaders to 'equip you for ministry'. Be willing to submit to them. Obey them. Hebrews 13:7,17
2. We need to project a Spirit of Urgency (v.9).
“If we wait until morning light some punishment will come upon us.”
These are dangerous, deceptive and destructive times. It is no longer via subtle efforts, but now in open and obvious fashion, the god of this age is intent in baiting, seducing and conditioning the saints to conform to this age (Romans 12:1-2). Like a thief, he is out to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Two extremes presently prevail: (1) cold, callous, calculated, care-less Christianity which has made the church like a club for the elite and/or (2) the belief that somehow, someway everyone will eventually make it to heaven. Either extreme is biblically incorrect. Both extremes contribute to passivity, staleness and stagnation. We focus on their different lifestyle and our lifestyle becomes indifferent toward them. More time is spent on talking about the sinner and his sin, and less to the sinner about our Savior.
Two corrective steps:
The reason Jesus rebukes the church at Ephesus is because it had lost its first love (Revelation 2). It happens. Therefore, how can we experience a fresh wind? How can we ride the wings of responsibility? What can help make us 'zealous of good deeds'? (Titus 2:14). What can awaken and refresh within us a wholesome sense of urgency? (1) A correct teaching of the doctrine of salvation. This will cancel out 'the sin of assuming. (2) A correct teaching of the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). This will help us avoid spiritual constipation (for lack of a better phrase).
Aren't you forever grateful that somebody lovingly led you to Jesus? And can you appreciate the fact that our churches are committed to teaching and preaching the truth of the Word of God? It is a fact! The more solid you are in your belief system, the more stable you will be in your daily living. This transfers into a good testimony.
(To be continued tomorrow...)
Posted on Thu, October 29, 2015
by Sam Petitfils