MEMORISE : Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be
blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the
Lord; ACTS 3 : 19.
READ : EZEKIEL 33 : 7 – 11.
7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel;
therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost
not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his
iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not
turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye
speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine
away in them, how should we then live?
11 Say unto them, As I live, saith
the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the
wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for
why will ye die, O house of Israel?
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 15 : 25 – 17 AND LUKE 5 : 17 – 39.
God called Prophet Ezekiel and set him as a watchman over the house of Israel.
As a watchman for God, he was to hear from Him and warn the people
concerning whatsoever God told him. Just like Ezekiel, believers in these end-
times, particularly ministers of the Gospel, are set as watchmen to warn the
world of the impending judgment of God. One of the most important
responsibilities of a watchman for God is that he or she must of necessity hear
from God ( Ezekiel 33 : 7 ). You must hear from God in order to warn on His
behalf those who are perishing. You cannot warn them using your own wisdom;
rather, you must tell them what God is saying to them. How do you hear from
God as a watchman? The simplest way to hear from God is through the revealed
of truth, which is the Holy Bible. This holds true only for those who still
consider the Bible as infallible and having eternal truths for all generations. As
a watchman, you must therefore follow the admonition of 2 Timothy 2 : 15 :
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Another responsibility of a watchman for God is to maintain an intimate
relationship with the One who commissioned you by remaining true to your
message, because, you cannot give what you don’t have. Paul emphasised the
need to remain true to our message in Romans 2 : 21 :
“Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that
preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?”
In Ezekiel 33 : 8, the Almighty God said His appointed watchman is held
accountable for every souls that perishes if the watchman fails to sound the
note of warning at the appropriate time. This is one aspect of the
responsibility of a watchman, where 21st century preachers need to be
careful. We need to be careful not to be negligent in our responsibility to warn
evildoers without minding whose ox is gored. Beware of the fact that some
pastors and teachers of the word may be condemned to the lake of fire on the
last day for failure to warn people that God has set them over against sinful
habits that have become part of popular culture. We are living witness to the
tolerance and consideration the church is showing towards issues like
homosexuality, which brought fire upon Sodom and Gomorah in the time of old.
I pray that Christians, especially preachers of the word will not go to hell
because of failure their to warn people against sin.
ACTION POINT :
Stand your ground in whatever sphere you find yourself to warn people
against a life of sin.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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