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The Dangers Of Keeping Silent

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...." (Matt.28:19).

We were supposed to glean two important lessons from the four lepers in 2 Kings yesterday... "We're not doing right. This is the day of good news and we are keeping it to our selves" (2 Ki.7:9a).... "If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us" (9b). As they reasoned among themselves, they realized that the consequences of keeping silent about their good news could be grave. As Christians, we have received the good news about Jesus Christ. Do we feel the necessity of sharing it with others? Today's verse from what is called Jesus' Great Commission, is a command that He has given to us. Keeping silent about the good news is not a part of the command... The apostle Peter tells us (1 Pet.2:9-10) that we are a royal priesthood and a holy nation... He tells us also, that we are to declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. How can God's "special people" do this declaring if they choose to remain silent about the good news? In the Old Testament, God called Ezekiel a watchman for the house of Israel. His job was to warn the wicked. If Ezekiel failed to warn the wicked, they would die for their own sins, but Ezekiel would also be held responsible. (Ezek.3:18-21) Today, the church (us) is God's watchman to the world. "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation...." (Mk.16:15). Those who have not heard will die in their sins, but we are the ones designated to give them the warning. Despite the consequences of keeping silent, many Christians do not share the good news of Jesus Christ with others, even though it is a command given to us. Lets take a look tomorrow at why so many Christians choose to remain silent...

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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