“Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not”.” -Ezekiel 3: 10-11
As we see with the prophet Ezekiel, God often has a plan for us to become His active hands and feet in this world. In this case, God commands Ezekiel to accuse the nation of Israel of their years of sin and disobedience, and to warn Israel of the second part of a Babylonian invasion. Before Ezekiel begins his work as a prophet to the people of Israel, God warns Ezekiel to first prepare himself through the study of his word, and to “let all my words sink deep into your own heart first.”
Without rigorous and thoughtful preparation, we as God’s followers can take on the appearances of false prophets and unintentionally lead people astray through our words. In order for us to be prepared for the work God has laid out in front of us, we must stay vigilant, and we must remain proactive. It would be impossible for us to identify or understand our callings properly without intentional preparation.
So why put off finding the calling for your life? Why remain in darkness and fear when it comes to becoming an advocate for your Good and Gracious Lord? Begin your preparation today, for truly today is the tomorrow you spoke of yesterday. If too many tomorrows are missed, you could find yourself unprepared for the work God has laid out for you to fulfill.
submitted by William Wallace