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Good News too good to keep to ourselves

August 16th, 2010

JOHN SHIRK – If the people around you were starving, and you found a treasure trove of food that could adequately feed everyone, would you keep it to yourself or share the good news so that others might be fed and satisfied?

That is exactly the decision that four lepers were faced with in Second Kings 7:9.  Samaria was under siege by the entire army of Aram.  Famine was severe.  One night, the lepers were planning to surrender themselves to the Arameans, in the hope of staying alive and eating food.  When they reached the camp, everyone was gone. They entered one of the tents. Then they ate and drank and carried away silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them.  They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.  But then their conscience started to work on them.  They said to each other, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.”  They decided to report the good news to the royal palace. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news.  There is no better news to share with the world than to talk about the nourishment of His grace to feed a soul starving for peace and forgiveness. 

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com