“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”
Ezekiel 3: 17 - 19 (King James Version)
Jesus has told us that we are to warn others about the results of living a wicked and sinful life. However, He did not tell us to criticize them. We are not to have a “holier than thou” attitude. Every one of us who claims to be a Christian is just a sinner saved by grace. None of us are perfect and the person who claims to be perfect is deceiving himself or herself. There was only one perfect person who ever lived or ever will live and His name is Jesus.
There is a hell just as there is a Heaven. If we want to win our loved ones to Jesus, we will only do it by loving them and by the way we live our lives. Yes, we are to tell them that if they are not saved, if they have not made a heart commitment to Jesus, then they will go to hell and spend all eternity in hell with satan. After we tell them that, we shouldn’t keep preaching to them. We must let them see the difference that Jesus can make in a person’s life by the way we live. If they don’t see a difference in the way we live our lives, we will not be able to lead them to Jesus.
Does your family see the difference Jesus has made in your heart and in your life or do you still act like you did before Jesus saved you? Jesus has said that we will be held responsible if we don’t warn them about the danger of hell but we must prove to them that Jesus can make a difference in our hearts and lives by the way we live. It’s how we live our lives that will lead others to Jesus. How are you living your life? Do you forgive people when they hurt you or do you still harbor unforgiveness in your heart? You can’t expect God to forgive you if you refuse to forgive the ones who hurt you.
When Jesus looks into your heart, what does He see? Does He see the things that bring joy and happiness to Him or does He see things that bring sadness to Him? Again, it’s how we live our lives that will lead others to accept Jesus into their hearts as their personal Saviour. I urge all of us to live our lives in such a way that our families, our friends and the world will see the difference Jesus has made in our hearts and in our lives.
February 27, 2009