Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel, therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, thou shalt surely die and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness and commit iniquity and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die, because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous ma, that the righteous sin not and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned, also thou hast delivered thy soul – Ezekiel 3 : 17 – 21.
Most problems we have today as Christians is the issue of not obeying God’s instructions. We always choose to obey man more than God. The above bible verses talked about both the righteous and the unrighteous. No matter how small the instruction might be, all God expect from us is to obey. I want us to ask ourselves the following questions.
Why do we always refrain from obeying God’s instructions? How many people have God sent you to that you refuse to deliver the message? Was it because of the position the person holds in the society? Was it because of the position the person holds in your church? Was it because the person is not a believer? Was it because you doubted that person will not believe you that God has sent you to him? Are you doubting if that voice you heard was the voice of God? Or was it because you doubted yourself that you are not capable to be a messenger God can use?
What ever your answers might be, rethink about the consequences of not obeying that instruction. Any weaknesses that might have been responsible for your disobedience, go back to God and plead for mercy because it is better to be late than not to obey. For us to know the seriousness, of this warning, it was repeated in other two chapters in the same book of Ezekiel – chapter 18 : 23 – 28 and chapter 33 : 6 – 9 and in other part of the bible as well.
You might say O we are in the period of grace because Jesus Christ has come to set us free from any punishment for not obeying God’s instructions in the old testament. Brethren, we should wake up from our slumber because it is not too late for us to restart where we might have missed it because Jesus Christ said that He has come to fulfill the word not some part of the bible but every part of the bible. Some people might say that God forgave Jonah when he refused to go to Nineveh although he later went. Let me ask you, do you have the same grace as Jonah? There is age mate, there is school mate, class mate, street mate but there is no grace mate brethren.
There was a time God gave me a message to one leader, by God’s grace, I did my part by delivering what I was instructed to do but the other person refused to take it. I am not happy to see what has happened to the person and what is still happening to the person till now.
People of God there are great consequences in disobeying God’s instructions. Do your part no matter how you feel about the person. Don’t look or classify the person instead, take it that it is God that is speaking to you. Even if the message dosen’t sound logical and reasonable just obey because in one way or the other, we might be saving a soul and a generation.
PRAYER: O Lord, we don’t have any power of our own. Forgive us in any way we have disobeyed Your instructions. You are a God of first chance, second chance, third chance and fourth chance. By Your mercy, give us another chance my Father and give us the grace to deliver any message You will give to us as from now in the name of Jesus Christ.