He said: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day."
A call to share the Gospel has been placed upon our lives. Are you being obedient to your calling? God called Ezekiel to prophecy to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. God's Word reveals that the Jewish exiles did not take the message delivered to them to heart. Those that we carry the Gospel Message to may not take the message to heart but we are still called to deliver the message and be obedient to our LORD.
God chooses to work His divine will on earth through His children. He will provide us with the power, the strength, and the courage to serve Him when we respond to His calling to share the Gospel Message. We do not have to depend on our own abilities. God will equip us to do whatever it is He is calling us to do. So do not fear, for I am with you; and do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand – Isaiah 41:10. God knows our heart. He saw Ezekiel's open and obedient attitude and provided him with the power and strength to deliver the message to the Jewish exiles. God doesn't expect us to understand everything about His character, His nature, and His ways but He does expect us to be willing and obedient. When Almighty God sees your heart, does He see a child of His that is willing and obedient?
Ezekiel was called to give God's message to the people whether they listened or not. We are called to carry the Gospel Message to the people - our family, friends, co-workers, etc. - whether they listen or not. Ezekiel's success was not measured on how the Jewish exiles responded but on his obedience to his LORD. Our success is not determined on how people respond when we present them with the Gospel Message but on our commitment and obedience to our Savior and LORD.
Ezekiel had a difficult responsibility. He was carrying God's message to ungrateful and abusive people. Ezekiel 2:4 tells us they were "obstinate and stubborn." We too will come in contact with ungrateful an unkind people but that does not negate the calling to carry the Gospel Message to this lost and dying world. Remember, we can rely upon our LORD to provide us with courage and strength to carry out the calling He has placed upon our lives.
Choose to be a godly example and share your faith with all people. Share your faith with kindness and love. Because we are blessed with the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can lay aside our fear of rejection and our fear of ridicule. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" - Isaiah 52:7.
Dear Heavenly Father, provide us with the courage and strength to carry your Gospel Message to all people. Take away our fear of mistreatment and ridicule. Place love for the unsaved in our hearts. In Jesus Name I Pray.....Amen.