In this brief chapter of Ezekiel 2 there is much to be learned from these 10 verses that applies to those of us teaching God's truth in writing and speaking. As we progress through these verses here is what is observed. Take out your Bible and follow along.
First of all, we must have conversations with the Lord, our creator and sustainer. (verse 1) Our continual intake of God's Word through study and prayer is crucial to our spiritual maturity, because out of that flows our ministry.
Secondly, their must be the power of the Holy Spirit over our life and ministry. (verse 2)
God has already given, or will give, to all of us, a specific ministry, as he did to Ezekiel in verse 3. He will send us out in person, or maybe in the case of writing, he will develop a focus for a particular group or kind of people that He knows we can most effectively minister to, through our life and His Word. This may mean going into uncomfortable situations, which is reinforced in verses 4-8. Each one of these verses warns Ezekiel that he will be going to a rebellious people.
The next insight from this wonderful chapter is found in verses 5 and 7. These two verses tell us to proclaim God's Word "whether they listen or not." God wants us to be faithful to our calling, not dependent upon circumstances, comfort, or results. Just do it out of desire and obedience. I am reminded of Isaiah 55:11. "So shall My word be which goes out from My mouth. It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." It is good to know that we are not responsible for the results. God will, however, hold us accountable for faithfully using our gifts.
In verse 6 God also tells Ezekiel to not "fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence." This reminds me when my speaking ministry first began at the local mission.
The last thing noticed in this chapter is in verses 9-10. God's Holy Spirit will reveal to us what to say or write. He will bring together articles or messages that He knows will be used in the lives of people, even though we may never be aware of it.
So, let us all as speakers or writers keep on being faithful, in the midst of rebelliousness, resistance, apostacy, and persecution, and leave the results to God, because "blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." (James 1:12)
"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires." (II Timothy 4:2-4) And may people who hear know that "our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with full conviction..." (I Thessalonians 1:5)
We must continue to teach the Word of Truth to as many people as possible, as quickly and most efficiently as possible.
This all needs to be backed up with the example of our lives. Read the rest of the above verse. "...just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake."
It should also be done in a spirit of gentleness and patience, as mentioned in I Thess.2:7-12, Gal.6:1-2, and II Tim.2:23-26.
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