As I decided what to study in Scripture next, I thought to myself, “Well, I haven’t spent much time in the major/minor prophets.” So I opened my Bible to Ezekiel and began reading this book about God’s holiness and sovereignty.
This morning in Ezekiel chapter 2 verses 5-7 boldly marched across the page:
Thus says the Lord God, ‘As for them, whether they listen or not – for they are a rebellious house – they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.’
The Lord called Ezekiel to faithfully carry out his calling no matter how the people he was ministering to responded.
This was a compelling reminder to me this morning to be faithful. The Lord calls us to be faithful always.
Faithful to love our children even when they are rebellious.
Faithful to lead our small groups even when they seem unresponsive.
Faithful to honor our husbands even when they do not deserve it.
Faithful to reach out to friends even if no one reaches out to us.
Faithful to fulfill our job responsibilities even if we are mistreated.
Faithful to complete our school work even when everyone else cuts corners.
Faithful to forgive even when the other party doesn’t.
Faithful to be kind even when kindness is not returned.
Faithful to preach the Gospel even if it falls on deaf ears.
The Lord is faithful to us even though we do not deserve it. How much more should we be faithful even when those around us are unresponsive or do not deserve it?
Acts 20:24 may be my favorite verse in the Bible. Maybe. It is hard to pick a favorite isn’t it? The verse says:
But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
Today let us set aside our expectations of others and focus on faithfully carrying out the ministry that the Lord has given us.