Daily Archives: November 16, 2012

Ezekiel 3, 4; 1 Timothy 3

“Then go to your people in exile and say to them, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says!” Do this whether they listen to you or not.” Ezekiel 3:11

“Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for Israel.  Whenever you receive a message from me, warn people immediately.  If I warn the wicked, saying, “You are under the penalty of death,” but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins.  And I will hold you responsible for their deaths.” Ezekiel 3:17-18

You know a lot of times, I rationalize my not talking to someone about Jesus.  I say to myself things like, “they aren’t going to listen to me” or  “I wouldn’t know what to say” or “it won’t make a difference.”  Bottom line is I am making excuses and worried about the results.  But even though these versus were written to an old testament prophet and were in reference to the nation of Israel, I believe the principles are the same.  God has called upon His people, us as believers, the church, to be his voice in this world.  We have been given our command from Jesus through the bible.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

We must be bold and have the courage to step out of our comfort zone because the costs are so high and if not us then who?  And lets be honest, we may never see the results of our actions.  We may only be a part of the process that brings someone to Christ.  I think we also have to realize that sharing Jesus isn’t always done with words.  The love of Christ can be shown through kindness, a meal, a coat or even a hug.  The important part is to be listening.  Just like Ezekiel was told to listen and then do.  We have to quiet ourselves and listen for the promptings of God.

Father, help us be your light in this dark world.  Help us to show others the hope that we have in you.  Help us to be bold.

Allen (allen4myfamily)

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