You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. Ezekiel 2:7
God was getting ready to send Ezekiel to the Israelites. He calls them a very rebellious people who do not want to listen. Ezekiel is told not to be afraid of the people and what they will do. He is to speak the words of God to the people whether or not they will listen.
The people who Ezekiel was being sent to were the Israelites. These were the people who were supposed to know and love God. They were supposed to be the ones whom God had chosen. Yet, God describes them as being a rebellious people who may not listen to what is being said. These are the believers that God is calling rebellious.
Those in the world who have never accepted Jesus into their life are not the ones being described as rebellious. Those people are just being who they are: sinners who have not been saved, who have never given God a chance.
The rebellious people are those who go to church, claim to believe in Jesus and, yet, live in a sinful lifestyle that goes against God’s word. These are people who purposefully choose to live in ways that do not represent Jesus. When they are told what God’s word says about their actions, thoughts or speech, they will come up with every excuse to justify what happened. They attempt to claim freedom in Christ and that they can live whatever way they desire.
God wants you to be a shining light in this world as a witness of who Jesus is and what God desires. Along with telling those in the world who do not know Him, you must also speak His word to those who claim to know Him. If another believer is living in sin, you have the responsibility to point him back to God.
Some of those people will listen and turn to God, while others will stay rebellious and not listen. You cannot change a person, but it is your responsibility to tell them what God has to say.
Do not be afraid of what the people may think, say or do, keep speaking God’s word into their lives. Do it with love and compassion. Listen to what God wants you to say and say it. And do not be one of the people who are rebellious. Lives are in the balance, will you speak God’s word today?
I pray today that you will know what God wants to say; that God will speak through you to others; that God’s love will show through you; and that others will hear the words of God and turn to Him.