Watchmen

In Ezekiel 33:1-9 it says this;

The word of the Lord came to me: “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, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 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. 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. 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.’

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

Now, in this passage, God is explaining to Ezekiel that it is his duty and responsibility to tell people about their sin, and that they must repent. Similarly, it is our responsibility to tell the world about their sin and the Gospel, as Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:18-20:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

By the way, we’re not failing if we’re not somewhere publicly speaking about/preaching the Good News everyday, because God doesn’t call all of us to do so. However, we are failing if we’re not witnessing to everyone around us, and if we’re not sharing the Gospel through our normal actions and words.

In 1 John 2:6 it says,

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Quite simply, to live as Jesus did, we must “love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] mind and with all [our] strength“, and “love  [our] neighbour as [ourselves].

So, it is our duty and responsibility to evangelise to people, in the way God calls us to; whether it’s as a minister, missionary, or as a normal person in your work space.

My question is this; “How can you be a watchman to others in your life?”

Nathan


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