Friday, 8 March 2019

The Watchman - Ezekiel 3

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When a person is given the task of being a "watchman" (or watch-person to be gender sensitive), their job is incredibly important. If they fall asleep at their station or fail to sound the alarm, then the lives of thousands of other people lie in the balance.

In chapter 3, Ezekiel is given the huge responsibility of being the spiritual watchman for God's people. Even though God doubts whether his rebellious people will listen to the warnings, God still wants Ezekiel to pass on the message - perhaps one or two will turn from their evil ways.

"But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people." - v.27

This got me thinking about how much responsibility we need to take in "convincing" people to turn to Christ. There is definitely a part we must play - we need to sound the call; to be the spiritual watchmen. However, there is also a sense in which we need to leave the choice up to them. Some may ignore this invitation to follow Christ, but others could turn to Jesus. 

I find that the seasons of Easter and Christmas are always good moments to 'spread the message' of God's love and grace. While we have opportunities let us stand on the walls and send the call to those who need to hear of God's love and forgiveness.

Living in Grace

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