Recently, some brothers and sisters who had not come to church in a long time came back to attend service. I was both surprised and glad to see them again. When I told other members that they had returned, they also reacted with surprise and joy. However, our reactions made me realize one thing – in a sense, we were surprised because we were not expecting them to come back. In a sense, though we must have prayed for these lost sheep at one point in time, we were surprised because for a long time, we may have forgotten about them.
While preparing for a J1 class and looking through a closet of old textbooks and activity booklets, I noticed something unusual. A few of the activity books had names written on them, which was strange because we only kept blank versions of the activity books. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the activity book belonged to another sister who was around my age. And sure enough, behind her activity book sat my own J1 activity book – from 10 years ago.
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me. (Ezek 3:17)
In the book of Ezekiel, God appointed Ezekiel to be a watchman twice. His mission was to warn the Israelites of coming judgments. However, his mission was also to preach a message of hope. The message of hope was given only to the righteous “remnant”.
Jesus told His disciples, “…be witnesses to Me…” (Act 1:8) before He ascended to heaven. He also told His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Mt 28:19,20)
Jesus bids His believers to be His witnesses and watchmen like Ezekiel. What are our messages? Continue reading