Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman…Ezekiel 33:2-9
I think it’s very important to know that every believer has a role to play as a watchman; to stand spiritually, speaking in the tower and overlook the scenes of history that are taking place, to overlook what was happening to the people of God and warn those people. Surely there are ‘gaps in the fence’, and there’s no way i can stand in your gap. There is no way i can fulfill what God has called you to do. There is no way i can be a watchman for your friends, your family, your relative, your co-workers, and y our fellow students. No way can i be the person to stand in the gap for your to make that hedge complete; to keep people from running headlong into eternity without God. The best i can do is to stand in the gap that God has called my life to do. God has placed you in a tower. God has given you spiritual insight into the reality of our world. And God has enabled your eyes to see the direction that humanity is going without Him. And God has given you the keys of the Kingdom of God. You have the only message that can possible help our world today. And God has made you responsible for the loves of the people you come into contact with. Now, it’s not our task to win people to Christ. It is our task to stand in the gap to watch in the tower, and to proclaim spiritual truths to those whose eyes have been blinded. It is not our task to redeem. It is our task to warn, to share, to communicate and God will take care of the rest (cf. 1 Cor. 3:6). We have the balance not only the tremendous blessing of being able to share with somebody the Good News, and watch the Holy Spirit melt their hearts, and rejoice with them as they accept God in Christ, and know that we have been a part of something eternal in the life of that person – joy beyond measure indeed. But there is a responsibility beyond measure as well; that one day when we will all stand before God in judgment (cf. 2 Cor. 5:10, not for sin, but for rewards or the lack of it) and Christ is going require of us every single opportunity of sharing the Gospel and we weren’t willing to share, or we wouldn’t stand in the gap. We’re going to give witness against people whom we have not shared the faith with, and they’re going to look to me in the eye with tears beyond measure, saying, “why didn’t you tell me, why didn’t share with me?”. I believe there is on my hands today the blood of people that i have refused to share the Gospel with. I carry in my heart the burden of having to give an account to God every time i think about it.