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Monday, August 29, 2016

Taking Ownership of the Lost (Ezekiel 33:6)

" But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood."

God holds those accountable who know the truth yet keep the truth to themselves. I remember thinking years ago how selfish a person who had the cure for cancer would be if they withheld the cure from those dying of cancer. Yet, everyday born-again believers (myself included) work alongside of, make purchases from, and interact with people who've never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and who will die in their sins and be lost for all of eternity.

God holds each of us who know the truth responsible for telling those without the truth. We are not responsible for their response but we are responsible for their knowledge. We don't know who will respond so we must tell everyone we encounter. Everyone deserves to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and to be given an opportunity to respond at least once during their lifetime.

May the LORD grant us an awareness of the lostness around us and a burden to warn those around us of impending judgment. Some will laugh. Some will ignore us. But some may respond to the gospel and turn from their sin and trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Questions for today's Chronological reading:
Ezekiel 32, 33, 40
  • What picture does the LORD give us to describe Ezekiel's role in Israel?
  • What will happen to those who don't heed his warning?
  • What does this tell you about God?
  • What consequence does disobedience have?
  • What do the people accuse God of?
  • Where does God take Ezekiel in his vision and what does he see?
  • What is the man measuring? (We will look into this more tomorrow)
  • What role does a prophet serve today?
  • Who do prophets warn?
  • What is the goal of blowing a trumpet and giving a warning?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see the coming judgment and to see your responsibility to warn others of the coming judgment. Ask the Lord to run someone across your path today who needs to hear the warning of coming judgment and the provision that God has made to forgive sinners.