In March I have been asked to draw during a sermon on Ezekiel 33- The Watchman. I have been studying the topic of being a Watchman this week. What I have discovered is that we are all called to be the “watchman.” We are to be God’s messengers. We are to proclaim God’s message to the world. God has been calling us to do that since the creation of the world. God yearns for each of us to come to Him because we WANT to. He is not going to make us do anything. He wants us to come in love and willingness.
The hard part of the message is that there are consequences for those who choose not to come to Him. For those who do come, there is an eternal reward awaiting them where they will live with Jesus Christ forever. For those who do not, there is the promise of hell. It’s just like being a parent to a child…there IS discipline and there ARE consequences! When your child talks back with a smart alecky attitude then the child gets disciplined ( or punished.) If they don’t get disciplined, they will keep doing it. If they keep doing it, eventually they will get into more and more trouble. However, when they are disciplined they quite often change how they speak to you and you earn thier respect. God wants our respect. He deserves it from us, just as we deserve it from our own children. After all, hasn’t He given us everything we could ever possibly want or need? Just like we have given our own children? I am not talking material gain here, but physical and spiritual needs. Basic shelter, food, water, etc. God yearns for our companionship the same way we yearn for our children’s and they yearn for ours.
There is also a huge accountability factor to being a watchman. It’s like when we see a fire we yell “FIRE! EVERYONE GET OUT!” That is the warning to people that thier lives are in danger and they are to RUN from the danger as fast as they can! If we don’t yell “FIRE” then people will die in the fire. If that happens, then we are held accountable for NOT sounding the alarm!!!!
The one thing I can’t figure out is why do people insist on staying in the fire? Are they deaf? Can’t they hear the sound of the alarm? Is the alarm loud enough? Is it long enough? Is it even going off? IS there an alarm?
The MESSAGE :
2 Peter 3:9 says:
“God isn’t late on his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself ON ACCOUNT OF YOU, HOLDING BACK the End BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT ANYONE LOST. ( !!!!!!!!!!!) He’s giving everyone space and time to change.”
Did you hear that???????? I am sounding the alarm for all who are reading this…
GOD is holding back the end of time for YOUR SAKE. He doesn’t want you to be lost! And I am encouraging you to NOT wait any longer! Matthew 24:42 says: “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
We are currently in the midst of a big snowstorm and I know we all heard the weather report and went to the store for milk, eggs and bread. The weatherman is our watchman. He has warned us of the storm. We have heard and responded. We are now prepared with our bread, milk and eggs in hand. God is also warning us to be ready through His Word. Are we responding? Do we have our spiritual food in hand? Remember- God doesn’t want our past-he desires our future!
He wants YOU in it!
So do I!