In 2 Kings 7:3-11, we find four lepers amidst the rubble and ruin of Samaria, having just been leveled by the Syrians. This also resulted in a severe famine- leading some to cannibalism (6:24-29). The lepers, huddled at the city gate, reasoned that they should go to the camp of the Syrians. For if they stayed where they were, or entered their own city, they would likely die (7:4). Going to the Syrian camp, they thought they might have a shot at living, even though this decision could also result in death.
So, they went to the camp of the enemy. What they found was absolutely astounding! Due to the fact that the Lord had caused the Syrian army to hear the sound of a great army coming against their camp, the Syrians fled- leaving their supplies and all their spoils behind! The four lepers saw this and basically said, “It’s party time!” They feasted on the food, grabbed new clothing and started to carry off and hide the rest of the riches (7:8). That’s when it hit them- “We are not doing right. This is a day of GOOD NEWS.” They became overrun with conviction that they were not doing right by keeping the riches to themselves. They knew their people were starving!
Do you see where I am going with this?
We also have GOOD NEWS! It’s called the Gospel, which actually means- Good News! In fact, we have been given the Good News SO THAT we can tell others the Good News. That’s how it works.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) says that very thing.
Jesus commanded His disciples (not just the twelve guys he was with, but every believer) to go and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them all things that Jesus commanded.
As we are immersed in this Easter season, what a great time to reach out to people in our circles with the Good News, the riches that we have found in Christ! Easter is the easiest time to invite people to church. People almost expect it. Pray for God to put someone on your heart then Go and invite them! Click here for our Easter Week Service times.
You can even pick up some invites at the church. Let’s remember that 2017 is “The Year of Sowing” at ICC! So, go ahead- pray and tell someone what you’ve found. This is a day of GOOD NEWS! Lets’ not keep it to ourselves! – Pastor Joe Garofalo