“Why can’t you just let us live our lives?”
“You live your life and I’ll live mine.”
“Why do Christians always stick their noses in everyone else’s business?”
You may hear phrases like this from time to time. Many may wonder why we feel like we have to “push our agenda” on others. I want to shed a little light, for those who genuinely may not know.
We are the watchmen.
In the book of Ezekiel, scripture records a story about the watchman. The watchman is responsible for alerting the people when an enemy is approaching. If the watchmen calls out and the people ignore him, their blood is on their own hands. If the watchman fails to call out and the people are destroyed, their blood is on his hands. The scripture goes in to compare this to our responsibility as followers of Christ.
I tell you about Jesus Christ and urge you to turn from your sin and to follow him because as the watchman, I am compelled to alert you.
I believe God’s word in totality and it teaches that God has created boundaries to keep us safe. When we live outside of those boundaries, we are living in sin. Sin always-always- leads to destruction and death.
These aren’t popular words that create large followings on the internet. If I wanted to draw a crowd I’d speak much differently to you. I’d tell you that God wants to make you wealthy, happy and influential. I would tell you that you can live your life any way you please and that’s okay with him.
But I am a watchman. So, instead I must tell you to submit your life to Jesus Christ. I have to point you to what God calls sin and encourage you to ask forgiveness. If you’ve read this far you are already seeking for something and may I suggest that you’ve found it? If you’re searching for something more- start with Jesus.
Those of us who walk with Christ do not live a life free of trouble. That’s not what I am offering here. But every single Christian that tells a story of suffering would end their story the same way, they’d tell you that God has been faithful every single day. When we fail him, when life is too much, when death stands at our doorstep- he is faithful and his promises endure.
As watchmen, every Christian you meet is responsible for telling you about the gospel of Christ. That is why we won’t stop, we won’t be silenced and we won’t take this job lightly.
It’s because of God’s great love for you that he has placed a watchman in your life.
So, I’ll stand here on this post searching for the enemy and calling out to every one I see-
“Repent, repent and turn to the Lord. His return is imminent and his promise secure.”
It’s my responsibility to tell you, because
I’m the watchman.