Devotional: ‘A Private Party’

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Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.  (Eph 3:8 NLT)

There is a story in the book of 2 Kings 7 about four men with leprosy.  Leprosy was a terrible disease and according to the Law of Moses, anyone who had leprosy was not permitted to live near other people.  It was often the case that those with leprosy not only suffered from their disease, but also starvation.

One day the four men with leprosy decided that they would go to the camp of the enemy and beg for food.  “If they receive us we’ll live, if they kill us we’ll die. We’ve got nothing to lose”, they concluded.  When they finally reached the enemy’s camp they were completely surprised; everyone was gone!  There was not a person there!  As they went from tent to tent they found food and wine and therefore they ate and drank to their fill!  Then they began to plunder the gold and silver.  Finally they said to one another, “We shouldn’t be doing this! This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party!  Come on! Let’s go tell the news to the king’s palace!”

That story has been used by many pastors and with good reason.  It is a perfect illustration of how many Christians handle the Gospel.  All too often we are content to feast upon the riches of Christ with little thought of the need to share it with others.  Like the four lepers, we find it easy to go from one stock pile of spiritual blessing to another and forget that there is a world around us who is starving.  The admonition of the lepers is a valid warning to us all,  We shouldn’t be doing this! This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party!”

Jesus repeatedly instructed His disciples to “Go into all the world and share the good news with everyone who will listen.”  We all know that many, if not most, will refuse to accept the invitation; but that does not remove our responsibility to continue to share.  Rather than viewing evangelism as a chore or duty, we should see it as an opportunity to invite others to a royal feast.

It has often been said that sharing the Gospel is like one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.

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