Answering the Call – Ezekiel 1:3

phone_ringing“The Lord gave this message to Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians, and he felt the hand of the Lord take hold of him” (Ezekiel 1:3, NLT).

The word of the Lord first came to Ezekiel while he was living with the Judean exiles in Babylon.

Ezekiel was a priest by descent and, as such, his primary ministry was offering sacrifices in the Temple in Jerusalem. As one of the exiled Jews, Ezekiel was unable to serve as a priest in the usual ways.

Now God had a new role for Ezekiel, a prophetic ministry, and his identity as a priest was critical to the message that he would deliver.

For the Jews, God’s presence with them was closely tied to their land. The exiles certainly felt cut off from God and from the conventional ways of appealing to him through Temple worship and sacrifice.

Because they were far removed from the Promised Land, it was easy for them to assume that God was no longer interested in them.

The fact that God’s word had come to a prophet among the exiles in Babylon showed that God had not forgotten them and still had a future for them.

No matter how far you may wander from God or whatever else you may choose to do, if God is calling you, then you can’t avoid it. When God has a particular assignment for you, He will find you because His calling is irrevocable: “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn” (Romans 11:29).

There’s nowhere you can go and nothing you can do to escape God’s calling except obey Him. It’s never too late!

So, if you haven’t yet responded to God’s commission for your life, then isn’t it about time you took His call?

“Lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” (Ephesians 4:1, NLT)

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