Daily Devotional–Wednesday, June 2,2021
“If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. But if you warn righteous people not to sin and they listen to you and do not sin, they will live, and you will have saved yourself, too.” (Ezekiel 3:20-21, NLT)
At the age of thirty, God called Ezekiel to be a prophet. He was to provide God’s warnings to the people. I wonder if Ezekiel was a little hesitant. It might explain God’s direct warning to Ezekiel himself, “If you do not warn them…I will hold you responsible for their deaths.” God actually says this same thing twice. It applied equally to the messages Ezekiel was to share with both the wicked and the righteous. Ezekiel is not being held to account for people’s responses to his messages, but he will have to give an account for not having done his part to provide the timely warnings given to him by God.
We may not take seriously Jesus’ command for His followers to disciple, baptize and teach others, to love our enemies, to pray for those who curse us, and to share God’s News of His available restoration with the world…but God does. Is our responsibility really any different from Ezekiel’s? Aren’t we still called to provide people with God’s warning? No, we can’t make anyone accept the truth, but that’s not our job. Ours is to share the truth that we know. We may not be called to be prophets in the strictest sense of the word, but we are all to be Ambassadors of God’s heavenly kingdom. Heaven forbid that our resistance to sharing our faith in God would result in the eternal death of someone simply because we refused to share.
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!