Imagine for a moment you were asked to be Ezekiel… God asked him to do some pretty outrageous things! In Ez. 4 God told him to lie on his side for 390 days in a bid to “bear” Israel’s sin, and then to lie on his right side, immediately after, for a further 40 days to “bear” the iniquity of Judah. If that wasn’t extreme enough he wasn’t allowed to turn from his side, and had to measure out his food to last the full time. Not only that but he had to cook his food over animal waste to prophetically show that the children of Israel would eat defiled bread were God was sending them. That was just one of his God-exploits, there were more!
I can’t imagine someone laying up Portadown town centre for that amount of time, eating food in that way, proclaiming that kind of a message. Yet, God called Ezekiel to do it in his day in his town!
What am I saying? Let’s all lie on our sides?… Absolutely not, but I am suggesting that we need to be the kind of person Ezekiel was in his radical listening and obedience to God. No doubt Ezekiel was a special prophet sent to Israel. But let me remind you believer, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us (2Co 5:20 NKJ). You are called and you are equipped to take the incredible message and power of Jesus outside the walls of the church.
God has not been unclear as to His collective calling to the church, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mar 16:15,17,18 NKJ).
The challenge is not new, the mandate has not changed, the call is still very much God’s desire for His people to outwork. The question is: Are we fulfilling it?
I understand people have different giftings and operate in different ways. But are each of us, as God has made us, with our own individual talents and personalities, displaying that radical Ezekiel obedience and uncompromising stance toward God?
Let me ask you a further question… What mark do you want to leave on the world with God and for God?
Really if you could sum up in a few sentences of what you could to do for God or be in God, what is it? And are you doing it? And if not, what needs to change?
Don’t have any regrets.
Don’t back down.
Don’t believe the enemy’s taunting.
Don’t miss out on radical obedience to God.
Don’t ever lose sight of trying to win people for Jesus.
I heard a great slogan last week that I want to leave with you – win the lost at any cost!