Be an Ambassador for Messiah - Whether They Listen or Not
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Ezekiel 2:5 -
The Prophet Ezekiel is a good example for us to study and consider. YAHveh (the LORD) commanded Ezekiel to speak His very words to the children of Israel—“whether they listen or not” (Ezekiel 2:5) was not to be his concern. YAHveh says, “I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people” (Ezekiel 3:9 NIV). My precious reader, you cannot be afraid of others’ reactions. Self-consciousness is the robber and opposite of being YAHshua conscious. If we are thinking about ourselves rather than allowing YAHshua (Jesus) to have His way by being conscious of His heart, purpose and His divine appointment with whoever He puts us with, our self-consciousness will be the robber of the blessing of YAHshua (Jesus) being lifted up to draw others to Himself. YAHveh spoke to Ezekiel, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. Go now to your people… warning [them] from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself” (Ezekiel 3:10-11,17-19 NIV).
Beloved, the prophet Ezekiel was called to be an ambassador for YAHveh (the LORD) to speak and warn the house of Israel that they might be saved. We have been called with a similar ambassadorship listen to Paul’s words defining who we are through faith in the Savior, “Therefore if anyone is in Messiah (Christ), he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Messiah, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Messiah, be reconciled to God”. (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
This beseeching is pouring our lives out as a drink offering not holding anything back from the Spirit crying out in love for that person’s soul. Having wisdom from the Spirit to have the right words, the fish bait so to speak, to speak to them. All of these abilities to win souls are a gift that flows as a river of life to those who have surrendered their lives, dying to their flesh. They hear the voice of YAHveh (the LORD), saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then [they say], "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8) I long to do You will, it is the desire of my heart!
These lips along with our bodies are temples that have been redeemed to house the Presence of the Holy One, by His Spirit deposited in us. We are to be the throne room for His holiness and the instrument through which he said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). Those works are ultimately to glorify the Father in word and deed, to be fishers of men, feeders of sheep, seeking and saving the lost, and fulfilling the great commission not by our might or power but by the very spirit of YAHshua (Jesus) in us.
It is having our whole body including our lips as Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Our lips are a very vital part of our redeemed temples they need to be cleansed and purified and given to YAHveh (the LORD) to be used as instruments by which He will bring forth His words that have the power to save everyone He puts in our path. If we will get out of the way, die to ourselves, get rid of self-consciousness, the fear of man, fear of a reputation, and fear of rejection by allowing the Spirit in us which is love, righteousness, and joy to have His way. This is the Kingdom of YAHveh within and this is how others will know they have come into contact with the King and His Kingdom.