“Then they said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.’” (2 Kings 7:9, NKJV)
The siege was on by Aram, and people were starving in Samaria. Four lepers decided to surrender to the enemy, hoping they’d be allowed to live. When they went to the location of the enemy camp, the lepers discovered the soldiers had fled. The Lord had made the soldiers hear sounds that caused them believe allies were approaching to help.
In their haste to flee, the army had abandoned all of their food and valuables. The lepers plundered what they could, storing as much as possible for themselves. Then they realized that what they were doing was not right. People were starving just over the hill!
Remaining silent was not an option. They felt compelled to share the good news of their discovery. Is this not what happened when the shepherds heard the good news of Christ’s birth? They went to the place of his birth, and felt compelled to spread the good news when they returned to their everyday lives.
When we discover and experience the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, remaining silent is not an option. We are compelled to share the good news to a lost and dying world. One of the main reasons God allows us to remain in this world is so we can help fulfill the Great Commission for our generation.
Today, ask yourself:
How do I share the good news of Christ with others? What can I do to help the cause of Christ?