The scripture for today is Ezekiel 33:1-6, NIV.
33 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’
The basic point of this passage is that God is naming Ezekiel as the watchman and, if he doesn’t warn his people, God is going to hold Ezekiel responsible. Are you a watchman for the Lord? Is Ezekiel 33:1-6 still relevant today to the believer who confesses the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?
That’s a tough job!!! It’s not everyone’s gift to evangelize. But the Holy Spirit has given each of us some type of gift that we can use to promote our faith. Are you seeing the needs of the people around you? Are you sounding the call? Are you faithfully fulfilling the task of a watchman?
Dear Lord, wherever You choose to place me in Your service--may I prove to be faithful watchmen. Help me to identify and use the spiritual gifts you have given me.
Prayer Concern – Those who struggle with how to use their God given gifts.