“When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.” Ezekiel 33:8.
I know people who are separated from God. I have some certainty that, as things are now, their eternity will be one of separation from God.
I have read today’s verse before. Every time I do, it haunts me.
I have a responsibility and there are consequences to be considered.
Later in Ezekiel (33:20) is this verse: “But I will judge each of you according to your own ways.”
I am not going to be able to pull off a Greg Laurie rally. I can dismiss my involvement by saying that I’m not him. But can I? What can I do regarding the lost? I will be judged on what I have done with what I have been given.
My search is not for how I can put together an evangelistic gathering of Greg Laurie size. Instead, I need to hear from God regarding what, with my abilities, I CAN do. God knows what I can do. I am a steward of His gifts to me.
That thinking may be even more discomforting!
Do I spend any time considering what I can do? Praying is a given. I can pray without ceasing if I will pray for someone whenever they come to mind. That would sure mean praying a lot for those in my household.
There has been plenty of warning about tropical storm Florence. We all know about it and those who claim ignorance have a problem.
Those who keep delivering the warnings are worried about the safety of those in harm’s way. The spiritual segue is way too obvious.
If the weather folks (?) knew of Florence yet declined to warn us in some way, they would be considered despicable.
I don’t have access to the latest weather equipment, yet I could call a relative in North Carolina and advise them to get to safety. I would, thereby, warn them in the way I could. That’s what God is looking for from me: be prepared to warn the lost in the best way you can.
Conclusion: I am obligated to care enough for the lost that I will be willing and prepared to help them as best I can.