August 21 (Ezekiel 2:7)
And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house. (ESV)
When it comes to our sharing God’s word with people, it really does not matter whether they listen or not. Oh, it matters, of course, with regard to their well-being, happiness, quality of life, relationships, outlook, calling, and eternal destiny, but it does not matter regarding whether or not we speak up and tell others what God has said. That is a non-negotiable. We are to do it and then let the chips fall where they may.
Jesus said the same thing. In Matthew 10:5-15, He sends out the twelve apostles with the basic structure for evangelism. Go out among people. Do good works without asking for something in return. Share the good news. If people do not listen, shake off the dust from your shoes and move on.
If you have clicked on even one news website last week, watched one news program on television, or read one newspaper article, you know that almost all aspects of human society in just about every place on the planet are falling apart. That is not an overstatement. Don’t believe me? Read even one more news article. As followers of Christ, we know that the peace and restoration everyone is craving comes not from a government program or a school curriculum or any human philosophy. What our hearts yearn for can only come from the hand of God. If you would tell your friends about the special being offered at the grocery store, what holds you back from telling them about Jesus?
Father, You have blessed me not only with new life in Jesus, but You have given me a great and wonderful work to do in sharing that life with others. Keep my eyes from distraction, that I may see those into whose lives You have led me. Heal my ears from the deafness of unimportant noise, that I may hear the needs of my neighbors. Loosen my tongue, that I may be quick to share the words that You wish to speak to those who hurt. In the name of Jesus, Who saw and heard and spoke to me, amen.
Copyright © 2016 by Steven R. Perkins