Monday, September 13, 2010

Daily devotional: Accountable for the gospel

Scripture
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.
Ezekiel 33:7-9 NIV

Observation
God made Ezekiel a watchman for the people of Israel. This was not a role that Ezekiel chose, and it is not one to be sought after due to the gravity of the responsibility, and yet it was where Ezekiel found himself. Similarly, Jesus has called all of us to make disciples of all the earth. Do we take that responsibility so seriously? Do we let men die in their sins because we have never warned them, or can we at least say we have warned them so that they do not die unaware of the awesome grace and mercy that is available to them through Jesus Christ? Do dying people who have not found Christ keep me up at night, or do I sleep comfortably in the cocoon and relative luxury of my surroundings?

Application
Think hard about these questions, and make sure my actions show evidence of my passion to obey Christ and make disciples. I cannot change people's minds, but I can at least help them know the truth that can set them free.

Prayer
Lord, these are sobering thoughts. While I certainly want all men to come to know You, the amount of time and effort that I spend to that extent in comparison to the time I spend inwardly focused in my world does not show a deep conviction. Make my faith strong, and make my boldness with compassion, gentleness, and respect strong. Holy Spirit, lead me. Give me the heart to obey You and be passionate about what you are passionate about. Open my eyes so I can see when you have provided opportunities to tell others about You. Help me to serve You well. I love you!

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