“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.” (Ephesians 3:8 NLT)
There is a story in the book of 2 Kings about four men with leprosy. During the days of the Bible, leprosy was a terrible disease and according to the Law of Moses, anyone with this disease could not come near other people. Therefore many lepers died of starvation.
One day the four leprous men 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 surprised. Everyone was gone! There was not a single 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!” (see 2 Kings 7:3-9)
This story has been used by many pastors to illustrate how many Christians handle the gospel. All too often, we are like the four leprous men and content to feast upon the riches of Christ with little thought of the need to share it with others. We go from one stock pile of spiritual blessing to another and forget that there is a world around us who is in spiritual starvation. Therefore, the conclusion of the lepers is a challenge to us all. “This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party!”
Jesus instructed His disciples to “Go into all the world and share the good news with everyone who will listen.” Rather than viewing evangelism as a chore or duty, we should see it as an opportunity to invite others to God’s royal feast.