10,000,000 people are told the Gospel, only a thousand believe and receive eternal life. Perhaps thousands more understood it. But only a handful have believed with all their heart.
The message of God goes out freely and like a flood. Many souls are washed by the message, but so few love their new cleanliness. In the Gospel we read that there were ten who were cleansed of leprosy. But only one returned to give thanks.
It is so simple a child can do it, and frankly folks, that’s exactly what it takes. The mind of an adult only wants more; he has been spoiled by pride and greed. But the heart of a child is elated at the smallest token of love.
Let me ask the Christians, “Where is the proof of your thanks?” I am not insinuating that you are thankless. I’m simply asking where the proof of your thankfulness lays.
Perception, that’s what it is. That’s what steals the bold testimony of Christians to the world. “God promises me eternal life, but if I tell this to others they will hate me.” Is the promise of God so ineffective? Is the promise of eternal life really such a trivial matter?
With all the strength my mind can muster, I cannot understand why Christians are ashamed to share the Gospel. I surmise that the answer must be found in the perception of God’s promise. “Thank you Lord for giving me eternal life. Please excuse me now while I go join the world in its celebration of futility.”
I sat here this morning for nearly an hour, frustrated that I could not reach more people with the message of God. That’s all that consumes me! It’s no pat on my back, the blessing of God is that great!
And I am only speaking of the reality of eternal life. I have not yet begun to speak of the beautiful things he has rescued me from. And I’ve made no mention at all so far, about the billions who never heard the testimony from a Christian.
Nine of the lepers simply disappeared into society. But one came back with a full expression of shameless thankfulness. Did the nine ever speak again of their former shame, and how God had released them? Who knows, there is no written record of their testimony. But I think the story might have ended differently, if all ten had returned with shameless thanks.
But of the one who returned, we can surmise, he could not shut his mouth. Where is the Christian who cannot conceal the Gospel of Christ? Where is the one who is not ashamed of the love that God has given him? It’s easy enough to find 10000 who have decided to keep it to themselves. All the while, the world spirals out of control.
By His Grace