March 14 – Devotion

Date: March 14, 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 33

So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. (Eze. 33:7, ESV)

What do you think of when you hear the word watchman? Do you picture an officer surveying the yard from a tower above the prison? Do you imagine a sailor carefully searching for icebergs perched in the crow’s nest? Do you see a security guard patrolling around a college campus? Despite what you may imagine, watchmen share one thing in common. Watchmen are entrusted with something—whether it is the security of a prison or the safety of a ship or a campus. Watchmen keep watch because they have a responsibility.

Ezekiel’s responsibility was the nation of Israel. Judgment had come and was coming after years of idolatry and not obeying the Lord’s command. God gave Ezekiel a job. He was to address both the exiles and people left in Judah of the judgment coming—the fall of Jerusalem. In Ezekiel 33, the Lord reaffirms Ezekiel’s responsibility to Israel as the “watchman of Israel.” That is quite a responsibility! “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me” (33:7). These passages show us the seriousness of Ezekiel’s call.

Has the Lord entrusted you with something? Yes! Everyone who follows Christ has been entrusted with the gospel. We are responsible for sharing the gospel and teaching others how to obey God and turn from sin. It is easy to justify not sharing and making disciples of others because we assign that job to someone else. God has entrusted ALL of us with a task: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20, ESV). The question remains—will you be a watchman for those around you?

Prayer for today: Lord, thank you for entrusting me with the gospel. Help me to take advantage of the opportunities to share this week. Make me aware of ways I can be making disciples in my city.

Prepared by: Christy Dawson

2 Responses to “March 14 – Devotion”

  1. Russell Kyzar says:

    Thanks for this good reminder, Christy!

  2. Debbie Keen says:

    Well done, Christy! Thank you!

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