Uncontainable Joy

I was reminded this week of the story in Mark 1:40-45 about the leper who Jesus healed. Jesus heals the leper and tells him, “See that you say nothing to anyone…” But the leper is so overcome with joy that Jesus healed him that “he began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town…” 

To me, this passage is two-fold. First, brothers and sisters, can you see how if we are to share about Christ how it can spread like wildfire? If we are so excited about Christ that we cannot keep quiet about Him, how much further would our reach be? If we shared our joys and credited God for them, wouldn’t other people be more open to hearing the Gospel?

Second, there is a warning. Jesus told the leper to “say nothing to anyone” because he knew others would miss the true message. The leper was telling others Jesus had healed him, but they were seeing the effects and not the reward! Let us not forget to preach the Gospel in all that we do. Let us not be afraid to talk about God’s glory in all aspects of our lives! 

Friends, let us go out boldly with a joy that cannot be contained and share the love of God in everything that we do!