ACCEPTING OUR MISSION
The Book of Ezekiel is perhaps one of the most complete messages of God’s eternal plan and purpose. Within its pages lies a portrait of God that reflects His heart towards mankind, His elect, and those who would continue to harden their hearts towards His Divine commandments. In the 33rd Chapter we read of Ezekiel’s commission given to him by God. The Scripture says: “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel: therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.” (Ezekiel 33:7) There would be absolutely no doubt or confusion in anyone’s mind what the will of God was and what His response would be if they would not listen. Ezekiel’s work was to watch over the Lord’s house and preach to them God’s holy Word.
What a burden Ezekiel must have felt, especially since God held him accountable for making sure the truth was proclaimed. The Lord said: When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die! and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, …his blood I will require at your hand.” (Ezekiel 33:8) The only release from full accountability was when souls were warned and they refused to turn. Only then would Ezekiel be delivered from guilt. I don’t know about you, but these passages provide some motivation for my faithfulness in sowing the seed for Christ today. We have been enlisted as God’s Ambassador’s to reconcile men back to Him.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he states: “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20) The Apostle Peter encouraged the Brethren of his day by writing them that they should be “…mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets.” (2 Peter 3:2 -18). Why? Because in forgetting our mission we selfishly dethrone God and neglect our calling. Rather, let’s accept our mission as did Ezekiel!