Everyone who’s been on the front lines for any length of time has been discouraged. If you are one who’s been a watchman on the wall, as sure as the moon is round, you’ve asked yourself if it’s worth watching anymore.
I know I have. Sometimes once or twice a day!
I’ve been known to say recently, “God, can you hear me anymore? God, I have opened my mouth to speak as you have called, are we still communicating?” I’ve even said “God, please just send me to Africa!”
Have you asked those questions?
Today I saw something that hit me between the eyes. Some friends and I had the opportunity to have lunch with William Federer, from the American Minute radio program. I asked him, “Bill, can you give some examples in scripture where ordinary people moved the hand of God? A situation where they were headed for judgement, but the people prayed and God relented. He graciously gave some examples, like that of Abraham, when he asked God to preserve a nation if there was only ten people left.
Mr. Federer then turned the table. He pointed to a passage in Ezekiel. He said, “There is also a warning to those of us who KNOW the truth and hold back the truth.” I came back to my office and found the scripture he was talking about. It stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s not a choice friends. It’s a mandate. A mandate to DO something.
Ezekiel 3:17-19 says:
17Son 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. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
He’s given us a responsibility to speak.
He will hold us accountable.
We have blood on our hands if we disobey!
If we stay silent we are sinning.
The consequences are grave not only to our nation, but our own bodies!
I challenge you today to do a self check. Have you played your part? Have you done your duty as a watchman on the wall? If not, what is holding you back?
I think we fall into two categories when we abdicate the wall. Those who don’t know how to spread the message, and those who don’t spread the message because of fear of what others think.
There is so much we can do if its simply a matter of knowing how to do it. I just hit the final button on my course I am going to teach in the Spring called, “The Power of Social Media.” How to get your message out. If you are interested in putting together a class, please email me. It just takes the first step out of your comfort zone to activate your voice!
Is it time to activate yours?
If you are in the 2nd category where you are simply not obeying due to fear, I’d encourage you to ask God for a special boldness and courage. He promised he would give it… We simply have to ask him. Then when he does… Obey.
Whatever the reasoning, make that first move to live in obedience to what God has called you to do. The world is in need of a Savior. Our government is in need of…. well, one heckuva shakeup. It’s time to get off the sidelines and remove the disobedience from your hands.