Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ezekiel 2:7

Ezekiel 2:7
“You must speak My words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen…”

Think of the most hardened, agnostic person you know, and happily tell them the Gospel! Feeling warm and fuzzy yet?

Think of your most difficult, uncooperative child and, at the height of one of their ungrateful rants, graciously bestow on them God’s blessing. Easy, right?

Think of the most self-righteous, hypocritical buttinski in your church circle, and lovingly reproach them for their duplicity and high-mindedness. That’s right; you’re feelin’ it now, huh?

“You must speak My words to them whether they listen or fail to listen…” Our Heavenly Father goes on to tell the prophet Ezekiel that if he tells the people and they fail to listen, they are accountable for their own iniquity, while he has saved his soul. But, if he fails to tell them, and they continue to sin, their sin is on his head.

Wow. So what does that look like – having a spiritual discussion with someone who really doesn’t want to hear it, or maybe worse, feels they’ve mastered it? Speaking from experience, UGLY; but we’re not in the business of saving souls, just proclaiming the Gospel through words and deeds. I’m not negating the use of God-given common sense mind you, but when God presents an opportunity we need to obey no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient the situation. Besides, He’s God; He knows the heart, and He has prepared the hardest of soils for planting.

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