Week beginning: 2nd March, 2014
By Caroline Eade | Cambridge
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking...."You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious"Ezekiel 1:28b and 2:7 (NIV)
It is tempting, isn't it, to think that it is only worth witnessing if our hearers are going to respond to the gospel. We might find ourselves being willing to share our faith with colleagues who show an interest, but being less inclined to speak for Jesus with those who are antagonistic towards him.
Ezekiel was given a vision and task. The vision was of God's overwhelming and majestic glory. The task was to proclaim judgment to Israel for their rejection of God. In one sense his calling was unique - but there are lessons for us here too. God's majesty and splendour require that he is proclaimed to all of his creatures, because he is worthy of their worship and praise. And this is especially true of human beings who are made in his image, for relationship with him.
As lawyers there are occasions when professional conduct and integrity demand that we say difficult things to our clients - about conflicts of interest, or not misleading the court. We take that step because we acknowledge that there is a higher claim on us than their interests or demands.
How much more should we be prepared to say, with humility and love, that one day the all-glorious and holy God will call everyone to account. Whether or not people are keen to hear it, his is the rightful claim on all our lives.
1. Pray for boldness in your gospel witness this week, and that you will know how and when to speak when the opportunity arises
2. Pray for the witness of our partners on CLEAR who are seeking to witness to Christ to those in need.