“Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him-you don’t speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life-that wicked person will died for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood.” Ezekiel 3:17-18
God’s patient love for all of us is amazing. Since the fall of man in the garden, He has been compassionately and graciously calling to men and women to humble themselves, repent of their sin, and turn back to Him. He does not want a single person to be lost. The Apostle Peter put it this way, “the Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9)
In order for others to know how to return to God and appropriately deal with their sin, God has commissioned His people to be watchmen. Jesus has called every one of His followers to become “fishers of men.” Our mission, while alive on this earth, is to do whatever is humanly possible to get the gospel message to all people. We are to aggressively and intentionally call out to others, in the name of the Lord, concerning His grace and salvation.
It is so important to God that we responsibly carry out this mission that He has made it a mandate to be obeyed. If we refuse to do it, whether deliberately or by neglect, He will hold us accountable for the tragedy of those who couldn’t turn back because they didn’t know how. In others words, we cannot ignore this assignment from God and tritely say “God will get the message to them somehow even if I don’t do it.”
Today is your best day to be on assignment. Look for those who need to be warned and encouraged to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and eternal life. Then share it…in love. Represent the heart of God, Who is redemptive and patient by nature, yet uncompromising when it comes to sin.
“Fishers of men” are called to be “Watchmen!” It is not optional.