A Lesson From Lepers

The city of Samaria was surrounded by the Syrian army. The Jews were starving to the point of eating dove dung and donkey heads. God used the most unlikely people—four leprous men—to save the city. (Read this exciting story in 2 Kings 6-7). These lepers have some important lessons for us concerning the work of missions. 1) “They said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?” In other words, “Let’s take a chance. We are going to die anyway. Maybe God will bless us if we do something.” 2) They found an abundance of everything that a person could need or want. Their first natural tendency—as it is ours—was to horde it and hide it all for themselves. Are we hiding the Gospel from the lost (2 Cor. 4:3)? They came to their senses and said, “We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace:” They concluded what they were doing was not right. There was enough for all, but they were hording it all for themselves. 3) They also said, “If we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us:” In other words, God would punish their greed. 4) Finally, they said, “Now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.” They got serious about sharing the good news with starving, hopeless people!

The leprous men tell us, “Time is short; we have what others need; we better get moving; God will punish us if we don’t.” I hope you feel this urgency about the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ!