The Watchman

September 29, 2016

Today as I drove through the streets of a small Asian nation, just opening up to the West, I noticed so many young people smartly dressed going to work or school. The dusty roads were jammed with old buses (China’s cast offs), bicycles, motorbikes and Japanese cars. Gone were the many rick shaws from 20 years ago, when I first arrived. Gone were the stares I received as a foreigner. People looked purposed. Yet on their faces I still see the same empty “stone faced” look of a dead soul. This look broke my heart then and it does still now. Yes, the country is changing fast, but the people are still spiritually dead. They need our Creator to fill their hearts with the life of His Messianic King/Son, Jeshua. As our class covered the first few chapers of Ezekiel, we all were reminded of our responsibility as the watchman (Ezekiel 3:16-21). Will we break through the barriers of embarrassment, fear or cultural/religious traditions to speak the truth to a lost person today? Only the Lord can save people. But we are exhorted and called to be God’s watchman, to speak of His love and mercy to a directionless empty soul. For who knows, you might just be that last link in the chain that leads this person to the Savior! “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.” (3:18). Let’s get to work and look for those “God given” opportunities!