Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me (Ezekiel 33:7).
What gives us the right to be watchmen on the wall, to warn others of sin, judgment and righteousness? Is it rooted in our salvation through our faith in the blood of Christ? Is it anchored to His commandment that we go into all the world and proclaim the gospel?
Yes, of course. But that right is also linked to a responsibility, a responsibility to live the gospel we proclaim to others.
What good is it for the Kingdom if we warn others against adultery, but we connect to internet pornography? Can we admonish others to not steal if we rob God of His tithes? Do we pray, “Hallowed be Thy Name,” yet use that holy Name in jokes or as an expletive?
God doesn’t require perfection from us before we take our place on the wall. But He does expect us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling, to live humbly, modestly and godly so others have no good reason to mock the faith we proclaim.
May God please make us godly watchmen and women.