Topic: Assigned Duty [Monday April 24, 2017]
Text: Ezekiel 22:1-12
Key Verse: “Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations” (Ezekiel 22:2).
While speaking in London, evangelist D.L. Moody was approached by a British companion who wanted to know the secret of Moody’s success in leading people to Christ. Moody directed the man to his hotel window and asked “what do you see?” The man looked down on the square and reported a view of crowded streets. Moody suggested that he looked again. This time the man mentioned seeing people – men, women and children. Moody then directed him to look a third time and the man became frustrated that he was not seeing what Moody wanted him to see.
The great evangelist came to the window with tearful eyes and said. “I see people going to hell without Jesus. Until you see people like that, you will never lead them to Christ.” In the text, Jerusalem was tagged the bloody city. Her inhabitants had committed abominations against God such as idolatry, murder, fornication and adultery; oppression of the fatherless and widows, despising God’s holy things and profaning the Sabbaths. God had to send prophet Ezekiel with an urgent message to showcase the abominations of Jerusalem and warn them of His impending anger and fury.
Today like the days of Ezekiel, we find ourselves in the exact situation of religious, political and spiritual decay. What with all sexual perversion – homosexuality and gay culture, prostitution, lesbianism, pornography, cruelty, infidelity, adultery, abortion, day-light killings in the name of religion, and so on. What of profanity in the house of God – church members are unseating pastors, stealing tithes and offering, project fund, and so on. How abominable can a people be! Christ has charged every believer to become a witness to the fact that He died and resurrected to pay the ransom for man’s freedom from sin, self and Satan. This sacred duty assigned believers is indeed a great and urgent one.
We cannot leave it for pastors, evangelists and church leaders alone. It is so enormous that all born-again children of God must be involved. Rise up for the salvation of souls around you. Plead with sinners earnestly; make the message as plain and simple as possible. Preach it as a discerning watchman, warning the ignorant of imminent doom.
Thought for the day: Warning the ignorant of imminent doom is an assigned duty of the believer.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.