14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the [a]heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. 16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. 20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”
How Do You Function as a Watchman?
Spend Time With Them (v15)
- Go to the people
- Sit where they sit so you can experience what they experience
“Don’t be so quick to throw out advice…” – Pastor Billy Johnson
“Sometimes the ministry of presence can do more than you imagine.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Become a Watchman for Them (v17)
- Watchmen were stationed on city walls to warn the people of upcoming attacks.
- You are elevated for their edification, not your own. (2 Cor 3:10)
- Spend your life in serving others.
Hear a Word for Them (v17)
- The word will come from your mouth.
- Receive it and then hear it!
- Watchman needed to be accurate AND timely.
“Stop adding to what God said…Don’t tell me your preferences, tell me the prophesy.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Give the Warning to Them (v17)
- The warning is from God.
- The purpose of the warning is to save their life.
God has no wasted moments in any of our lives.
God uses all our individual personalities. There is someone who needs to hear a word from your perspective.