January 10
‘Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.’ Acts 20:26,27
Bible reading: Ezekiel 33:7-11 (Go to the Bible passage)
It is awful if it is suggested - either by oneself or by one’s surroundings - that someone has received a calling, when God has not really called this person. Those are the preachers that say, ‘The Lord declares!’ But the Lord has not sent them; and yet they expect Him to fulfill their words! (Ezekiel 13:6) The true heavenly calling is made inferior by this, and after a while the service of the Lord cannot be taken seriously anymore.
Ezekiel had been appointed watchman over God’s people by the Lord Himself. A watchman, who is appointed by God, may not act or speak according to his own acquired insights, but: ‘So hear the word I speak and give them warning from Me’ (:7). In this, Jesus has clearly shown that He was the Servant of the Lord (John 14:24). He too only spoke the words the Father gave Him to speak.
But this is no small matter. When we have been called to be a witness of Jesus and to summon people to repent, and we do not do this for fear of being mocked, then God will hold us accountable for the blood of those to whom we remained silent. But on the other hand we will save our lives if we obey, and speak of Jesus with all our heart and call upon people to repent, even if nobody listens. What a serious matter! Everything matters in God’s Kingdom. Hence Paul says, ‘Woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel!’ (1 Corinthians 9:16b).
Does that only concern the elect few or does today’s message concern everybody who knows that he is a witness of Jesus in this world?
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