The Watchman

Ezekiel was called to be a prophet after being taken captive to Babylon. Since the beginning of his ministry Ezekiel knew his path would be difficult; he knew the people would not be receptive to his message; “The people to whom I {God} am sending you are obstinate and stubborn” (Ezekiel 2:4). And yet, from the very beginning, God made it clear that Ezekiel was accountable to speak the truth.

Ezekiel 3:17-18
“I have made you a watchman; so hear the Word I speak and give them warning from Me. When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him…that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.”

God called Ezekiel and clearly gave him a message of truth that was expected to be shared; “whether they listen or fail to listen” (Ezekiel 3:11). Ezekiel was not responsible for how many people obediently followed God’s Word, but he was definitely accountable for sharing the message God gave.

God’s call is not just reserved for pastors, missionaries, or ministry leaders; His call goes out to each of us who hear His message of forgiveness. Yes, the world is still full of “obstinate and stubborn” people (we probably need look no further than the mirror), but God’s truth is good news which can save lives and give hope – it’s a truth which must be shared!

Now here’s the difficult part: Sharing God’s truth is not an optional part of our walk. Each of us have been called and given a mission field in which to minister; and we are each held accountable for our ministry into this field. Notice we are not accountable for the response, only for our action or inaction; “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:17). Failure to respond to God’s leading is sin!

What field has God called you to today? What message has He placed on your heart? There are family, friends, and coworkers who desperately need to hear the gospel message. There are people all around us who need to be encouraged to draw closer to God; encouraged to forgive and restore relationships; encouraged to live according to who they are in Christ. This is our mission field and this is our message! We must obediently share, in love, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, even if no one listens.

We are God’s watchman over whatever field He provides. Let’s draw near and love Him with all our heart – so close to His side that His message and direction are absolutely clear. We must proclaim His truth wherever He leads. Let’s accept the responsibility, and accountability, of the watchman.

Have a Christ Centered Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

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