GO AND TELL OTHERS
Pastor (Dr) Isaac Adeyemi, President
International Missions Conference
Message delivered at Christ Trumpeters Church, Irving, TX 75061 on Sunday 14th December 2014.
(2 Kings 7: 1-11)
The setting of this story is described in the twilight hours of the day. The world is in its ‘twilight hours’. Human existence is about to come to a closure. We are in the 11th hour of eternal time table for mankind.
The Bible calls it the ‘Last Days’:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good (2 Tim. 3: 1-3).
The book of Matthew 24:11-14 gives a more vivid account:
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
adeyemi trumpeters In the story, there was so much commotion within the city and all around the country. It was a tale of woe, pangs of hunger, hunger, desperation, scarcity, cannibalism, diseases, unease, death and massive starvation. In the midst of this heightened insecurity and deepening uncertainty, God had a plan. God has a plan for you; God has a plan for our nation; God has a plan for mankind. That plan is summarized in Missions!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you (Jer. 29:11-12).
But as God is meeting our needs as His church, He has an assignment for us!
According to God’s design, the church was meant to be an assembly line, a training school, a power house, and intersection between the lost and the saved. The book of Acts 1-8:3, the church focused on home missions. From Acts 8:4 – Acts 28:31, the early church graduated into foreign missions. Today’s church is called to do exactly the same.
We were meant to be equipped as God’s agent of change, a weapon in his hand to wrestle those who are hell bound from Satan’s stronghold and usher them into the liberty of the sons of God. We were redeemed, Cleansed, washed, purged and declared righteous to bail others out of sin by witnessing to them.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain (Phil. 2: 15-16)
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8)
And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning (John. 15:7). Despite the Lord’s injunction and charge to ‘Go – reach out, preach, share the good news, rescue the perishing, we ‘come’ (Matthew 11:28-31) and stay.
We’ve lost or allowed the cares of the world and share indifference to stamp out our passion for the lost (including our children, better half, siblings, friends, work mates, in-laws, neighbors, fellow citizens, and people of other cultures).
We must be ready to go and tell others. It is a message Christ himself commanded the disciples to do: ‘Go into the world and preach the gospel to all nations’ He wants us to go and tell others or reach out to the nations! Why?
Because of the reality of life: verse 4: We can learn lots of lessons from the lepers:
They were leprous – II Kings 7:3a; Leviticus 13:1, 44; Isaiah 1:4-6; Ephesians 2:1. We were once sinners, now saved.
They were dying – II Kings 7:4; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27. We will eventually die too!
They were outsiders – II Kings 7:3a; Luke 15:13, 25, 28.
They used reason – Isaiah 1:8; II Kings 7:3b. God want us to take a break, reason and assess our lives! Our lives must be purpose driven!
They rose up and got what they needed – II Kings 7:5, 8; Romans 11:33; Ephesians 2:7; Isaiah 1:8.
Because of what we have: In Jesus, we have both physical and spiritual provision, we are free from sin, forgiven, cleansed by the blood, and on our way to heaven – Eph. 1: 3-9. Are we going to be selfish, introverted and heartless?
Because of what the world needs: The people of Samaria needed food, clothing, supplies and much more the good news. The lepers said ‘This day is the day of good tidings’ the season of soul wining, the hour of deliverance. Verse 9. It is time for the church to seize the moment and go to the nations.
Because there is danger if we fail – Verse 9. The early church was scolded with persecution when they refused to go (Acts 8:1). We cannot stand still! We either move forward or backward. The secret of Christian growth is in action! (Mark 16:20).
We must repent of lack of compassion and worldly pursuit. The main duty of the church is to reconcile the world back to Jesus. In the New Testament, 22 passages mention communion, 60 mention baptism, but 1000 exhort Christians to tell others about Jesus.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God (2. Cor. 5:18-20).
Because the doors are open: We are in the times of the gentiles: In Luke 21:24, He said, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. From 70 AD until today, Jerusalem has continued to be under gentile control.
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