Teaching My People

16 11 2011

There is the neatest verse tucked into the end of the book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel is a prophet who was called by God to lay out the consequences of closing our hearts to God’s presence, and the dream the Lord has to dwell within a people defined by His nearness.

Ezekiel spends the last eight chapters of his prophecy describing a magnificent temple where praise, worship, sacrifice, and surrender will flow like rivers. God’s glory will be evident, the leaders will honor His name, and priests dedicated to His holiness will serve the people. In many ways, it is a picture of what God wants for you and me.

In describing the work of the priests among the people, Ezekiel 44:23 says this, “They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.” As Christians, we carry this responsibility into the everyday moments of our lives.

Christians are meant to showcase the holiness of God. As we walk in our jobs, families, stores, and churches, we are called to teach those around us the difference between what is sacred and what is selfish, what is contaminated and what is pure. We do that with every choice we make, every conversation we speak, and every attitude we demonstrate.

The way you vote, shop, walk around your neighborhood, use your time, what you choose for entertainment, and type on Facebook or Twitter all have the power to teach others about God’s holiness. People in your workplace, school, neighborhood, grocery store, and house are watching to see if you will consistently choose kindness or apathy, self-control or self-indulgence, purity or compromise, the way of Jesus or the way of the world.

My Jesus Resolution today is to remember that I am a teacher. Somebody will see me today. It may be someone close to my heart or a stranger whose name is known only to God. Whoever it is, I want them to see Jesus in everything I do. I want them to walk away from their encounter with me having a clearer vision of who He is, what He is about, and how close He is in this moment.



One response

16 11 2011
Abbie McAdams

So very true, but also so hard to do consistently. However, the more we try the better at it we’ll be.

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