Mission to the Obstinate

seed must first be cast out

30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.

31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. (Ezekiel 33)

This chapter speaks of the very heavy burden of the watchman. There are ministries out there where diligent disciples of Christ preach, and suspect that the audience is like an infertile valley, throwing back the message in echo, and producing nothing. This too is a God-ordained ministry, although it has the appearance of failure. Let it never be said that God did not give them a chance to hear before the Judgment.

We must not come too quickly to this conclusion. Hard soils can be broken up by extraordinary rains. The watchman can only deliver the messages he has been given. To strain to put out images or formats that are not his own, and not sincerely from his heart, will only lead to more disappointment.

These comments run counter to today’s seminary and denominational training. Full of strategies and success formulae. It’s about the numbers and outreach and homiletics. Typically North American. But the dedicated Intercessor who travails for souls on his/her face in obscurity knows of what I speak. The results are mainly underground, awaiting unveiling at a time not yet determined. And all will be to the glory of God, and His consequent “well done”.

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