Posted by: pastortomvabeach | May 9, 2018

Thought for the Week May 13, 2018

This coming Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day. What is it about our moms that makes Mother’s Day the second highest church attendance day of the year after Easter? I mean why does seemingly everyone want to bring mom to church on Mother’s Day but we don’t do the same of Father’s Day?

Or I wonder if it could be just the opposite. We don’t bring mom to church but she brings us! I wonder what would happen if more dads took the lead in bringing their families to church on any given Sunday? Do you think that might have a culture changing impact? At any rate, I hope all mothers enjoy this day on which we say, “Thank You!”, because we mean it.

On a different note, a couple of days ago I spoke about the four lepers at the city gate in II Kings 7. They were starving, about to die, and made the decision to surrender to the enemy who might kill them but also might feed them. To their surprise they found the enemy camp deserted through a miracle of God and began to eat like there was no tomorrow. Finally, they came to their senses and realized that this good news had to be shared with all the rest of the starving people in Samaria. They said, “This is a day of good news. It’s not right for us to keep it to ourselves.”

That is amazingly instructive for us as Christians. Through a miracle of God’s grace, we have been set free from the consequence and judgment due to our own sins. Jesus died on the cross so that we could receive all the riches of His heavenly kingdom free of charge. When we trust in Him our eyes are opened to the truth in His Word and the banquet begins.

Most of us who are Christians have way more spiritual food than we can handle. We have multiple Bibles, enjoy weekly sermons and Bible studies (if not more frequently), watch preachers on TV, listen to podcasts, and have access to a treasure trove of publications that reinforce and encourage our spiritual growth. For most of us, the inflow of teaching is way beyond our level of actually applying the biblical principles we learn.

On the other hand, there are millions and millions world-wide and probably dozens if not more within our own circles of influence who rarely if ever get to hear God’s Word and who may not have ever been exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ in a meaningful way. They are literally starving for some spiritual food or drink.

Think about that for a minute and you’ll realize that it is not right for us to hoard the riches God has given us in Jesus. This is a day of good news. Jesus already defeated every enemy and everyone who is thirsty only needs to come to Him to satisfy that need. How can we continue to receive and receive His spiritual blessings without telling those who have nothing?

So, may I encourage you? Read II Kings 7, and the next time you hear a sermon, the next time you learn something in a Bible study, the next time you are moved by a song of praise, ask yourself, “Who around me is starving and needs what I’ve just heard?” Maybe that will begin to move us out of our self-satisfied fullness to share the blessings with others. It is our responsibility to make Jesus known. Who else is gonna do it? Just a thought.

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