‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.’ Ephesians 6:18
If we have read this passage from Ezekiel attentively, we realize it is no small matter to be made watchman of the people. Sometimes there are young people who flee their responsibilities in our complicated society by believing that they have received a calling from God to study theology. When one questions them about what this calling involves, their answers often are terribly vague. It is great to receive a calling from God, but let us be aware that such a task is humanly impossible and that we then carry a big responsibility!
The apostle James warns, ‘Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly’ (3:1). Paul also did not choose this work on his own. ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!’ (1 Corinthians 9:16b).
How many who think they are called to preach the gospel speak according to their own insights, depending on their knowledge and their books... Here God tells Ezekiel, ‘So hear the word I speak and give them warning from me’ (:17). Being a watchman means: guarding, being alert, listening and being silent for Him. There is a reason why many who were called by God first had to learn to live in the desert, alone with God.
We all have a calling. But not first and foremost to be safe ourselves always and forever. Whoever is called by God has the mission to work the works which God prepared in advance for us to do. What these works are, will only become clear to each of us personally when we are fully committed to seek the honor of our Master with a priestly heart.