If you have ever read through some of the stories of the prophets in the Bible, you understand that the prophets were often charged to deliver difficult messages from God to the people. For most people, delivering difficult news is not an easy task. I think of Jonah… he actually ran away and tried not to do what God had directly told him to do. Maybe because often people don’t respond just to the message; they also respond to the messenger. As the saying goes, ‘Don’t shoot the messenger.”
In today’s story, Ezekiel is given specific instructions to deliver a message to a difficult audience.
The people of Israel had been in rebellion, and this is just the latest round in the ongoing saga between God and God’s people.
Join as we look at what this story from the Bible means for us today.
Most Christians have a tendency to see themselves either as worse than they really are or as better than they really are. You do not often find a person who has found a good balance within themselves to see themselves the way God sees them. We cannot conform to the patterns of this world, because these patterns cause friction within us. We cannot think of ourselves more highly than we ought, because it leads to friction. We must allow our minds to be renewed and refreshed by the spirit of God. We must have a sober self-assessment so we can live from our truest selves and live our lives to the fullest.
Marriages can be one of the first relationships that begin to experience friction when times get hard. The fact is that healthy couples don’t fall in love, they commit into love. Let’s face it, treating your spouse with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience does not happen by accident. These attitudes must be put on, like putting on a coat. When couples learn to love each other in this kind of way then Jesus Christ is made evident to people around them.
During challenging times, individuals within families have a tendency to turn inward and focus on themselves rather than focusing on those around them. However, strong families are committed to having the same mindset as Christ when they face trying times. Friction comes when each person approaches the other with a selfish attitude. The fact is that to avoid friction, each person must make the conscious decision to put others first and to serve them above themselves. It is about choosing to be sacrificial rather than selfish, and that choice brings peace.