At my church, we have a wonderful group of ladies who meet every Wednesday evening. At this week’s gathering, we watched an insightful video by Bible teacher Joyce Meyer called “Cracking the Enemy’s Code.” She instructed that we must know the strategies of the devil so that we can, with God’s help, be victorious over them. Passivity is one of Satan’s most effective weapons, and unfortunately, Christians are becoming too passive in today’s evil world. We each have a responsibility given by God to reach out into the world and to be out in the world, active for Him! Activity overcomes passivity. Joyce says, “When the light has been turned on, darkness must go.”
This reminded me of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel. He was only 30 years old when God appeared to him and told him he was chosen to deliver God’s message to the Israelites, Exekiel’s own community, who had become rebellious and hard-hearted, falling away from the Lord. Whether or not the Israelites heard and heeded the message didn’t matter; it was still what the Lord chose Ezekiel to do.
We have the same mission. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your vocation is, if you are a stay at home mom or a working mom — all of us are a part of some type of community because of what we do and where we live. It is because of this familiarity that God will most likely ask us to go there first — in our own communities — to share His Word.
Isn’t it scary sometimes to be active and outspoken about Jesus to the people that we know the best? We tend to worry about what they think. God told Ezekiel not to be afraid of his own people, just as we shouldn’t be afraid to share Jesus in our own communities either. (Ezek 3:9) We have been chosen to share Jesus with other people. Even though it can be unnerving to do so, share anyway! Let your community see Jesus living through you every day!
There is an interesting sidebar to this story at the beginning of Chapter 3. God has Ezekiel eat a scroll with the message he was to give to the Israelites. Ezekiel reported that it tasted sweet as honey. God’s Word is sweetness in our lives! Let us allow His word to sink deep in our hearts like God asked Ezekiel to do, because when you have tasted God’s Word, it will be easier to share it with others “and Go.” (Ezekiel 3:11)
After God told Exekiel to “Go,” the Spirit lifted him up and he was blessed. That is what will happen when we Go and tell others about the Gospel! Don’t worry about whether they hear or not — our job is to GO. God will take care of the rest!