07 Mar 2 Kings 7:9; John 4:34-35; 1 Corinthians 9:16
9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”
34 Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
1 Corinthians 9:16
16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
The people of Samaria’s situation was desperate, and these lepers knew it! They were quickly struck with a sense of urgency to share the news of God’s provision. It’s not hard to see that our world’s situation is desperate. We have a much greater message of provision and deliverance. But do we have a sense of urgency to share it? The Good News about Jesus must be shared; there is no news more important! Jesus told His disciples that the harvest was ready and had an urgency to do His Father’s work. Paul shared this urgency, literally saying “woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” We must not become so preoccupied with our own faith, or anything else that distracts us, that we fail to share the Good News with those around us. If not, we should recognize the same thing the lepers did: “we are not doing right.” Who has God placed in your path that needs to hear?