How come you’re still on the earth? Obviously, because there are still things for you to do. You haven’t fulfilled your mission yet.
Sadly, many Christians NEVER fulfill their missions on earth. They fulfill their ambitions. They fulfill their dreams. They fill full their bellies. But, they don’t fulfill God’s call and purpose on their lives. And, when the day comes that they stand before the Lord to give account, they’ll be open mouthed and empty handed.
In 2 Kings chapter 7, there’s a lesson that can challenge, instruct and encourage us to be faithful and obedient. Here’s what happened:
The Syrian army had attacked Samaria. Samaria had a wall around it to keep the enemy out. So, the Syrians simply surrounded the city, and figured they’d starve the Samaritans out.
It got so bad, that the Samaritans turned to cannibalism. In fact, one lady got her friend to boil her son, and they ate him. She promised to boil her own son the next day, and share him with her friend, but went back on her word (2 Kings 6:28-29). That’s how bad things got.
In chapter 7, verse 1, God sent in a man of God to prophesy blessing and abundance to them. But, things were so bad, that they couldn’t even believe him. They had just run out of faith.
Now, outside the gates of Samaria sat four men with leprosy. They weren’t allowed into the city, because of their disease. They, too, were starving. They were sick with leprosy that was killing them, and now they were starving to death.
In 2 Kings 7:3-4, one of them had an idea. He said, “Why sit would we here until we die? If we enter the city, the famine is in the city, and we’ll die. If we go to the camp of the Syrians, they might save us. But, if they kill us, we’ll just die anyway.”
Verses 5-9 say, “And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp to the outer edge of the camp, no one else was there! The Lord had made the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots, and the noise of horses, as though there was a great army.
“The Syrians said to each other, ‘The king of Israel has hired the Hittites and the Egyptians to come against us.’ So they rose in the twilight and left their tents, their horses, and the whole camp just as it was and fled for their lives.
“When these lepers came to the outer edge of the camp, they went to one tent and ate and drank. They carried from it silver, gold and clothing, and went to one tent and ate and drank. Then they went into another tent and carried the valuables out, and hid them, too.”
Note this: “Then they said one to another, ‘We’re not doing the right thing. This day is a day of good news, and we’re not telling anyone. If we keep it to ourselves, even until dawn, some mischief will come upon us. Now, let’s go and tell the king’s household…”
You and I are in a situation like those four leprous men. First off, we’re in a world where the people are being attacked by the enemy who has them surrounded. And, they’re killing and destroying each other.
Second, God has sent word to them that He would deliver them and bless them, but people don’t believe the big ministries, and just won’t listen. They don’t think God’s blessings can happen to ordinary people like them.
Third, you’re not part of their system anymore, and in many ways might be thought of as an outcast. You’re not the enemy, just an outcast as far as they’re concerned.
Fourth, you’re time here is limited. Why just sit there until you die? If you go back, you’ll die. If you do nothing, you accomplish nothing, reach no one, no one’s life is touched, and you appear before God empty handed.
What do you have to lose? Move out of that place of being a beggar and DO SOMETHING! While they still had some light, they moved out of that place of just sitting (v.5). Jesus said, “Work while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man can work. (John 9:4).
You have to move when you still have vision. Don’t be like others who give up and let darkness overtake them. These leprous men had no idea what they were going to say when they got there. They just knew they had to go.
Sure, they entered into abundance in life, and received the blessing. God has worked thins into YOUR life as well. When you come to Jesus and begin to be obedient, He meets your needs and gives you what you need, to reach others.
So many Christians act like the four leprous men, at first. They enjoy all the blessings of God, and keep it all to themselves. They act like there’s a danger of too many people getting saved, or that God might run out of blessings they can, and never reach out to anyone else.
These four leprous men caught on to what they were supposed to do, after just a little time in having God’s blessings come into their lives. They said, “We’re not doing well. This is a day of good news and we’re not telling anybody…”
See, like you, they had friends, family and others they cared about who were dying. Nice people. Good people. People who would be destroyed by their fears and unbelief, unless someone told them about how the enemy was already destroyed.
If you’re like a lot of people, you keep waiting, putting off, waiting for a sign, waiting for God to give you a signal. But God’s waiting for YOU to move forward. He’s waiting for you to quit just sitting there and to get up and get going.
You’re blessed and living in a time of good news. It’s not good to keep it to yourself for your own enjoyment, when you have lost friends, neighbors and relatives who will die unless you tell them. They won’t believe the big evangelists and the guys on the radio. But, they’d believe YOU.
You’re blessed more than you realize. You have more of God’s blessings than you think. True, maybe some of the people have been as nice to you as they should have been downright mean and nasty to you.
But, all that changes when you have the riches that only God can give. Don’t hold your peace anymore. It’s a time of good news. It’s a time when God is bringing His word to pass and people need to know about it.
What do you tell them? You don’t have to be an expert. The four leprous men weren’t geniuses. They just told what they found and what God had done. That’s all. People could tell by looking on their faces that what they said was true.
That’s all you do. Tell them what God has done, and what you’ve found. They know you. They’ll believe you. And, God will confirm His word to those who believe and act on it.