Everybody loves good news. A marriage, a new baby, a promotion. We all love hearing about these. Our world is full of good, and bad news, but don’t we all love it when we have good news.
Pastor Phyl’s sermon this week comes from 2 Kings 7:1-16. This follows the story of the King of the Arameans, fighting against the City of Samaria. The city was behind a fortified wall. The Arameans’ siege had been going on for months and months, and the city had run out of food, and flour. In this passage of scripture, Elisha comes and gives a word saying that tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and that two seah’s of barley will sell for a shekel. A shekel was about the amount of a day’s wages. Though the people don’t believe and question him, he stays firm and tells them that they will see it, though they will not eat any of it.
At this same time, by the city gate, were four men with leprosy. These men decided to surrender to the Arameans, in the hope that they will spare them and that they can live. When they reached the camp, there was no sign of the Arameans, and they entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they had a discussion and decided to go back to the city and to tell the people there the good news.
Sometimes, God gives us a promise over our lives, that seems so unbelievable and impossible to us, but God can change things in an instant. He is in total control. Can we believe this? Can we trust Him with all our heart, as we are instructed in Proverbs 3:5. Pastor Phyl encouraged us to trust Him. God will intervene in our situations, no matter how hopeless they may seem. He is always good to His promise.
This is truly ‘good news’, and we are called to go out into the world and to share this good news with all the peoples of the world. In this, we must have the same attitude of the men with leprosy. We must not hold the good news to ourselves, storing it up in secret, but instead, must declare it in the world. We must share it with people, that they, too might believe and be saved.
Pastor Phyl shared three points with us that are essential if we are to be like the four men with leprosy. These points are:
- To Go
- To Share
- To Bless
Firstly, we are called to go into all the world to preach the gospel. Sometimes taking that step is a big risk, but God will give us a new vocabulary to enable us to reflect the adoration of our hearts for Him. The thought of going and sharing with people is scary. We don’t know if they will like us or hate us, but it is commanded that we go. The men with leprosy must have been scared. They had a fifty-fifty chance of dying, but they made the decision to step out and go, even though they were risking death and God rewarded them.
Secondly, we are called to share. This can be very difficult. Pastor Phyl recommended a book by Bill Hybels, titled “Just walk across the room”, which gives some very simple ways in which we can begin to share. Some simple ways are to make a point of going to speak to someone new. They could be feeling any number of things and a friendly face is sometimes all that is needed to spark a conversation; which could result in the person being led to Jesus. Be the person to welcome them. Perhaps you will see someone who looks troubled, alone, or disconnected. Go and talk to them. You don’t need to go diving straight into specifics; sometimes a general conversation will help someone to open up.
It is our duty to share. We are commanded to do so. We don’t have to explain our faith in the most minute detail in order to share, and we don’t have to have all the answers. Often, when it comes to our faith, we think we must have all of the knowledge, and all of the answers, but we don’t. All we can do is interpret God’s word to the best of our ability and trust God to do the rest, but we must always remember to share. We are obligated to do so.
Thirdly, Pastor Phyl spoke of what happens if we are obedient. If we ‘go’ and ‘share’, we get a blessing, not only for ourselves, but we bless others too. The truth is that ‘sharing’ brings freedom. In the scripture, as a result of the four men sharing the good news, was that the walls came down, and this is true for our lives too. When we share, we break down walls in our own lives, and in the lives of those we share with.
In closing, Pastor Phyl called us to be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and asked this question. Can we go and share, and then enjoy the blessing of God’s promise?