This Month's Promise

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me....”

- (Galatians 2:20)


Read: Ezekiel 2:1 - 3:3


GOD’S HOLY CALLING


"... Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation ...” (Ezekiel 2:3)


The call of God is specific to every individual. Let us compare the calls of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Isaiah heard God’s question, “Whom shall I send?” (Isaiah 6:8) Whereas Jeremiah was commanded by the Lord, “You must go to everyone I send you to.” (Jeremiah 1:7) And Ezekiel was told, “I am sending you to the Israelites.” (Ezekiel 2:3) Further, Isaiah’s unclean lips needed to be cleansed before God sent him to speak out His word. Whereas in the case of Jeremiah, the Lord touched his mouth and said, “I have put my words in your mouth.” (Jeremiah 1:9). And Ezekiel was to speak God’s very words to Israel. (Ezekiel 3:4) The Lord then gave a scroll to him and asked him to fill his stomach with it. He ate it and found it to taste like honey. (verses 1- 3) What did this signify? That Ezekiel must assimilate God’s word himself before he could proclaim it to others. Also that he must obey God’s word and not rebel like the Israelites who were rebellious people.


Dear friends, all of us who are saved by the blood of Jesus are given a great responsibility - to proclaim the Good News to other perishing souls. But some of us are called specifically by the Lord to do specific tasks. Some are assigned by Him to go as missionaries to distant places. Some to serve as pastors in Churches, some as evangelists in the local places. Whatever it is, those of us who have been called to do the privileged task of Christian stewardship must be faithful, in the sense that first of all we must digest God’s word ourselves, and then obey it before we are in any position to make it known to others. Donald Coggan, former Archbishop of Canterbury said, “The Christian preacher is not at liberty to invent ... his message, it has been committed to him, and it is for him to declare, expound and commend it to his hearers.” So let us not take our calling for granted and profane the name of God among the non-believers, but let us bring glory and honor to God by living as the Word says. Only then we can draw many souls to God’s kingdom.




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, your call to me is specific and distinctive. Let me realize this and obey you whole-heartedly. Let me first digest your Word and proclaim it with holy fear without polluting it with my own ideas. Give me your grace. Amen.