If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It
Text: Ezekiel 3:4-11 ESV
The Nation of Israel; God’s chosen people. The Bible is filled with page after page, talking to and about the nation of Israel. Even if you don’t comprehend all of the references to Israel, there are many great modern day parallels you can make. As you look at these verses in Ezekiel, imagine that Israel is not only your country, but your hometown or city. With just this simple changeup, the passage becomes far more real, hitting home to the every-day Christian.
“[G]o to [your hometown or city] and speak with my words to them.” Such a direct command. It is easy to throw your heart into foreign missions, but when it comes to confronting people you cross paths with every day, the real challenge begins. When you live in a city for a certain time period, you begin to care about that city. Meaning, you care what the people in that city think of you. This makes hometown ministry hard. Approaching people in an everyday setting is difficult. What if you share the Gospel and they reject it, and you? You then have to face the judgmental glances, as you see these people daily. Obviously, God did not send all of us into foreign lands. But He sends all into one of the hardest mission fields of all; the one imbedded in our daily lives.
This passage in Ezekiel is so empowering! God is saying, who cares about the looks you might get from others; they need to hear the Gospel. There is absolutely nothing to fear when God is on your side. If you open your heart and listen, God will direct your steps. It is important to listen for God’s calling before we “go.” When we fail to listen, it is then, we enter situations feeling completely unprepared.
Verse 7 states it plainly, “But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me.” How relevant that is to today’s culture. Scary, but relevant. The amazing thing is, when we wholeheartedly accept God’s calling, He gives us everything we need to be successful in our mission field. No matter what obstacles we may face, God knows, and has a plan in store that will glorify Him! At the end of the day, God’s truth will defeat the lies of the devil!
The key point to note in this passage is that regardless of how someone responds to the Gospel, we are still commanded to share the Gospel with them. It isn’t about, we as Children of God, having the perfect delivery of the message; it is about our willingness to boldly “go,” and proclaim His perfect message! Therefore, it is now up to us to obey.