Word of the Week: Watchman
As Christian's we are called to be watchman. Jesus has said that He is coming back to get His church. We as His bride await His return with anticipation, but this is also mixed in with a pressing urgency to warn those who are not yet ready for His return.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a watchman as one that keeps guard or watch while the owner is away. The Strongs Concordance uses the Hebrew word tsaphah. This means to look out, spy , keep watch, observe or await.
How useless would a watchman be that kept watch but didn't inform anyone of what they saw coming? Yet how many Christians do just that? We know of the judgement to come and we know that Jesus is coming back, but often observe and say nothing.
In Ezekiel 33:1-7 it talks about the responsibility of the watchman to those who are not living for God.
1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 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: 3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. 7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
Our God is not a God who forces anyone to serve Him, but he is a just God that gives people the right to choose. We have been set as a watchman to warn those living in sin of what is to come.
The position of watchman is one of trust and responsibility. God trusts us to reach out to the lost and to warn them. We have a responsibility to watch and warn.
How diligent are you as the watchman of the Lord?
Do you take your responsibility to warn others seriously?
What could you do to improve as a watchman of God?