“Privilege brings responsibility, and responsibility brings accountability.” Wiersbe
Ezekiel 13-15 Continues with the discussion of false prophets, condemnation and a glimpse of redemption. If you don’t remember from last post, Ezekiel has begun to condemn the false prophets and the people for their idolatry. Once again, God uses examples and imagery to make things real to the people. They were familiar with men like Noah, Daniel, and Job – God had used them to save others, these were men of faith. Yet God says here that there will not be a Sodom and Gomorrah opportunity that if there are ten righteous men in the city, that He would save it.
Wiersbe uses the words “borrowed faith.” No one will escape the judgment without repentance of their own hearts and a turning away from the idols of their lives.
Ezekiel 15 shares the first of 3 examples Ezekiel will speak of: the worthless vine, the unfaithful wife, and 3 shoots of a tree.
The worthless vine: from the quote at the beginning here, we are reminded of the great privilege we have to be called sons of God, yet with that is a responsibility that we bear to be fruitful. The people of Ezekiel’s time had failed miserably at demonstrating responsibility in this area. The land was desolate of those that were living like God’s chosen people. They had stopped bearing the fruit of righteousness. I am reminded of John 15 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” I have a personal responsibility before Christ to be fruitful in my righteousness. This includes the ways I use my time, talents, money, and testimony. Do I allow idols to come into my life on a daily basis? Do these things inhibit me from being the Christ-like example he calls me to? Do my family, friends, students, and even strangers recognize a spirit of meekness, patience, gratitude, kindness, or faithfulness in me?
I want to be reminded today that I need to abide in Christ. “If we fail to abide in Christ, we lose our spiritual power, wither, and fail to bear fruit for His glory.” -Wiersbe
I also need to remember that with that responsibility, I need accountability. Read over Ezekiel 14 in regards to the false prophets. I treasure other followers who are willing to share reminders of truth. They keep me accountable to the actions and attitudes most evident of my relationship with my God. I don’t want to be caught up in any false doctrine, pleasant but deadly life paths, or choices that have the subtle appearance of unrighteousness.
As John Wesley put it….”Lord, let me not live to be useless!”