“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. 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 continue with 2 more effective and encouraging keys for living and sharing the good news:
3. We must Promote a Spirit of Togetherness. “Let us go” (v.9)
As stated and taught many times before, I now remind us: 'every member of the body of Christ is a minister; and every minister has a ministry in the Church and a mission in the world'. All believers have something to contribute to the 'building up of the body of Christ' (Ephesians 4:12). Time, talents, and treasures. And do not forget that YOUR TESTIMONY IS POWERFUL. It is unique. This is what happened to you. You can actually tell them that you know it is true because you were there when it happened. (Smile)
Remember the Samaritan woman? “Many believed in him because of the woman’s testimony” (John 4:39). Remember what Jesus told the man delivered from demon possession? “Go… tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19-20). He did. He told them about the 'grace and mercy' of God. And they were all amazed. Imagine with me what would happen if every believer prayed for the lost and witnessed as opportunities came our way...!!! This would result in more lost individuals hearing the wonderful gospel story. And faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). We as believers would be more fruitful and fulfilled. This would contribute to us being more faithful. Faithful believers experience less frustration and less fatigue. Be reminded: “We are therefore Christ’s Ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Let's do it together.
4. We need to be Prompted by Holy Spirit Boldness
“Let us go and tell the king” (v.9)
In ancient days, no one was allowed to approach a king unless summoned by the King himself. Today, all believers have access to the Father due to the complete and finished work of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:16). As temples of the Holy Spirit, we can also experience boldness for the task He assigns us. In addition, being that He has made our bodies His temple, He has complete access to us. He will teach us what to say (Luke 12:12). Here's a truth to take to the spiritual bank; we have already been authorized by the King, that is the King of kings! (Matthew 28:18-20). So praise God and take advantage of your privilege.
A side note: If the Holy Spirit is prompting you, He will help you say what you need to say, how to say it, where to say it, and when to say it. You will be under His control (Ephesians 5:8). Therefore, He will help you to be kind, courteous, patient, self-controlled and loving (Galatians 5:23-24). It isn't about 'turn or burn', nor is it about a critical and condescending attitude. It's understanding that individuals without Jesus Christ are spiritually blind and under the bondage of Satan (Acts 26:16-18). It's about sharing with conviction, which is balanced with compassion. It's about sharing your life story; your love story with our everlasting Father. Amen.
In the context of this story, we have many contrasts. Just two in closing:
(1) WHILE MANY BENEFIT... “Then the people went out and plundered the tents…” (v.15-16),
(2) SOME MISS OUT!... Among others who missed it, one was told, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it" (v.2). Seventeen verses later, we read, "And so it happened, for the people trampled him in the gate, and he died" (v.19-20). How sad. Yet how true. This is why we are told to be "doers of the word not just hearers of the word". Hmmm. We haven't been called to analyze God, but to obey God.
SO MUCH DEPENDS ON HOW YOU RESPOND TO GOD AND HIS WORD.
Just purpose, this season to “Hear the word of the LORD” (v.1); It's a fact. It will be “according to the word of the LORD” (v.16); "just as the man of God had said" (v.17) “So it happened just as the man of God had spoken” (v.18) Will you trust Him today? Believe Him! He is faithful. Faith pleases Him. (Hebrews 11:1,6,27)
Be blessed! Pastor Richard
Posted on Fri, October 30, 2015
by Sam Petitfils