Sunday, June 13, 2010

Like those Lepers

"There were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?.... And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment... and went and hid it. Then said they one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace" (2 Kings 7:3-9). "A faithful ambassador is health" (Proverbs 13:17). "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36).

Lepers sitting at the gate,
Just waiting there to die,
Contemplating then their fate,
Then posed the question: "Why?"

They talked of an alternative
To famine in the city:
Perhaps their foes would let them live,
And on them would take pity.

They reached the camp and were surprised:
Their enemies had fled!
They ate their fill, then realized:
"We do not well," they said.

They knew good tidings should be told
Which they had come to cherish,
For they had more than they could hold
While others soon would perish.

We see an illustration true
That we should surely heed:
We ought to take Good Tidings too,
And sow the Gospel seed!

We do not well if we don't tell
Our own community
That Jesus Christ will save from hell
For all eternity!

Are we like God's ambassadors
Declaring His salvation,
Or like the world that ignores
His gracious invitation?

Lord, we hear Your earnest plea
To think about the loss
That souls must face eternally
That will neglect Your cross.

Lord, like those lepers on the wall,
Now teach us to not to miss,
As your ambassadors, Your call
For such a time as this!

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