Daily Devotion Thursday July 6, 2017
“Son 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”
Some fifteen years ago after having attend a high school holiday conference in which we were taught basic skills of evangelism, the first person to whom I preached was my mother. I remember pointing to my mother how committed they were to Christ to the point that nearly everyone in my village knew that our family was a balokole (a born again) family. The Spirit made me bold enough to point out how as parents, they have drifted away the family from Christ, and that revival and recommitment was necessary. Thank God for the Holy Spirit that convicted my mother to repentance which was transmitted to my father and my entire family was revived. Little did I know that I was doing the job of a Watchman, proclaiming to my entire family through my mother, giving a warning on the consequences of living in godlessness.
Preachers are called to be watchmen and not celebrities, they are called to announce peoples’ wickedness than protecting their rights to wickedness. This was God’s charge to prophet Ezekiel and subsequently to ALL preachers of ALL times. In explaining Ezekiel’s task as a watchman, the LORD God charged him:
17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul” (Ezekiel 3:16-21).
Unfortunately, many prominent persons leading big congregations and churches who are known to be preachers in this era are not preachers. Many are motivational speakers, inspiring their congregations to prosper and succeed in life but not calling them to repentance. A sermon on repentance is seen to be an old-fashioned homily, it rarely is classified to be a “great sermon.”
Many who call themselves prophets today are the exact opposite of prophets of those days, instead of proclaiming repentance, they prophecy how people will get visas, how their businesses will prosper, how they will get promotions, and more so, extorting their congregation by their seed sowing projects.
If the Gospel we must be the Gospel of Christ, we must not forget the message which John the Baptist proclaimed; “Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near” (Matthew 3:2). This was the same message Christ preached; “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 4:17). It still is the same message that the apostles proclaimed; “Repent… every one of you” (Acts 2:38). As watchmen, preachers of this era must equally preach the same message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Amen! Rev. J
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture Quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV) 2011.
Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is the founding Director of this online New Dawn Ministries. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues from the Norwegian School of Theology. Julius is also a pastor in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile of the Church of Uganda. Help Donate here to support the New Dawn Ministries. You can also support this ministry by purchasing Julius’ popular books Triumphing Over Odds and Suffering and Pain? from Amazon. Thank you.