Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: August 14, The audience to which you are called…
- Ezekiel 33:1-20
- Ezekiel 34:1-37:28
“…speak to your people…” –Ezekiel 33:2, ESV
Who are your people? Who are the people God placed in your life to love, to minister to, to share the day-in and day-out of life with? I mean more than your family, friend, and church group. Think broader: Ezekiel was a prophet to a certain people. He had a calling and words to speak, but only to a particular group. His messages from God were not designed for another. The words were meant for certain people.
Fast forward to Paul. He, too, was called to a certain people. Yes, his Jewish heritage and accomplishments could have made him a perfect example of grace over works to Israel, but that is not where God sent him. Paul’s purpose was to speak to the Gentiles. Here was a man known for his persecution of people who would dare to believe in Christ proclaiming that all his law-following gained him nothing.
Paul’s effectiveness was directly related to his engaging the audience to which he was called.
Who should you be speaking to? To whom should you be proclaiming the love of Christ? Start there. If God expands your audience, great! If He does not, you still have more to do.