Published March 5, 2013

Paul's Epistle...
"The Cure"

Let's just suppose...

You are a scientist. You have labored long and hard for many years searching for the answer to one of the most pressing issues faced by mankind. You have been researching a cure for that most common and most dread disease, cancer.

And now, after years of tedious research and self-sacrifice, you have found the cure! You have actually found the cure! And it works equally well for all of the many forms of this disease! Absolutely amazing!

Unknown to most around you, there has been a reason for your years of intense searching. The reason is that you, yourself, realized that you had cancer. Oh, accepting that fact wasn't easy, but you could see its effects in your body. It became a race against time as the years clicked by and you realized that sooner or later the disease would claim your life at a time not of your choosing. But now you've actually found the solution! And the solution — the cure that you've found — is such a good one that you will never again have to fear the disease. It's gone! Completely! You are so healthy it's as if you had never had the disease.

But something strange happens. Although you have found this amazing cure for one of the most widespread maladies facing humanity, you tell no one. Oh, you personally enjoy the benefits of this amazing (some would say miraculous) cure. But you tell no one about it. Friends comment that you look better, more healthy, and seem to have had a "load" lifted from your mind. But you don't tell them why. In fact, you don't volunteer the fact or even admit that you ever had such a disease. You simply enjoy the benefits of the cure that you've found.

Oh, yes, you do see others around you fighting cancer, even facing death because of its ravages. But, for whatever reason, you just don't bother to tell them about the solution that could save their lives. All they would have to do to nullify the insidious effects of this disease would be to use the cure that you've already found. But they don't know about it. Because you don't tell them.

Now, as far as I know, you are not such a person. You didn't find such a cure for cancer. But if you had, what should we think of you as a person if you didn't bother -- or refused -- to tell others about the amazing cure you had found? Would one be justified in calling you selfish to the extreme? Egocentric? Self-serving? Words such as caring, generous, kind, selfless and unselfish just wouldn't fit. You just keep the life-changing news to yourself. Maybe you even think that if someone else wants the cure, let them find it themselves -- just like you did.

But here's the thing. If you're a Christian, you have, indeed, found the cure for the most common malady facing the human race. That malady is much more pervasive than cancer. That malady is sin. With one notable exception, everyone ever born into this world has this malady.

At some point in time, you became painfully aware that you had this malignant condition. At first you denied it, but you could see its insidious effects in your life. You gradually and reluctantly realized that if you were to die in sin you would have no hope of eternal life with God. What's more, you would face eternal punishment. You realized that you had to find a cure for sin before it was too late.

Then you discovered that the cure was, in fact, readily available. In fact, the Maker of this cure offers it to everyone who will accept it! (John 3:16.) Someone told you how you could be saved! You found the greatest treasure anyone can know -- salvation through accepting Christ's atoning death and His promises of forgiveness.

But then something strange happens. Although you found this amazing cure for the one malady affecting all of mankind, you tell no one. Oh, yes, you personally enjoy the benefits of this miraculous cure. But you just don't bother to tell anyone about it. Friends say you've changed, you're happier, you seem to have had a "burden" lifted from your mind. But you don't tell them why. You simply enjoy the benefits of being saved.

Oh, yes, you do see others around you who are ravaged by sin. You see the malignant effects of their sinful lifestyles. But, for whatever reason, you just don't bother to tell them about the solution that could save them. All they would have to do to nullify the insidious effects of sin would be to accept the cure that you've already found. But they don't know about it. Because you don't tell them.

What are we to think of someone who doesn't actively share the best news the world has ever known?

The prophet Jeremiah had news that God told him to share. But he didn't want to. Soon, though, he found that "His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not." (Jer. 20:9.) He couldn't contain it! He had to tell it!

Psalm 107:2 says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..." Clearly, this is not something we are to keep to ourselves. In fact, Peter told Cornelius that Christ had "commanded us...to testify...that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:42-43.)

Your testimony is no good to anyone if you keep it "shut up in your bones." Tell someone!

What if — think about this — what if no one had ever bothered to tell you?

- Paul

"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world." (1 John 4:14.)
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