Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21 (additional reading: Psalm 25:1-15 and Proverbs 20:13-15)
Hezekiah was not satisfied that the revival they were experiencing to be located just in Jerusalem. He wanted the whole world to be in on it, and so he sent word from border to border about what God was doing. V. 1 says the method chosen was letters, and v. 6 says the letters were carried by ‘posts’, or letter carriers.
You and I are supposed to be God’s mail carriers. We have a message from the King to deliver throughout the land. Today, news travels fast by the web and by email, but it lacks a personal touch and a personal reality. It’s a personal touch that makes us send missionaries sent out to all the world to share the good news with others.
The post office will tell you: it’s hard to find people who want to carry the mail. Most want to work behind the counter, in the sorting room, or behind 1-way glass supervising. Why is this? And why in the Christian world do so few want to ‘be the one’ to go out and personally hand deliver the mail for God?
Here’s some reasons I can think of:
• You have to show up every day, on time.
• You have to be willing to submit yourself and take orders from the postmaster.
• You must spend all your time and energy doing the will of someone else.
• You must accept the route you are given and must go there whether you want to or not.
• You have to study and memorize details, and as soon as you’ve got it down you are called to fill in for someone else and learn their job.
• You have to go house to house to those you like and those you don’t, maybe a good neighbourhood, maybe not. But those on the other side of the tracks need to get their mail just like you do.
• You have to brave the elements in season and out of season.
Don’t forget the calling which God has given you! To take the good news to all nations starting with those who are around you. Where would you be today if someone else wasn’t faithful to deliver the good news of salvation to you? Just like Hezekiah, we should not just be happy to relax in the amazing things which God is doing in our life but we should bring Him to others.
Are you faithful in delivering the message God has given you?
Father, Thank You for the wonderful message of the gospel. Thank You for the power it has to change lives. Help us to be faithful messengers as we proclaim the good news to the world in which we live. In Jesus’ name, Amen