GET UP, ALREADY! …Ezekiel Chapter 2

Ezekiel is such an amazing book.  Reading those first 2 chapters and you’re ushered into a totally different world.  Symbols and visions.  Disconnect from reality as we know it.   Here’s the world as Ezekiel saw it!

The call of Ezekiel to prophetic ministry is like none other.  Eating the scroll of the Word of God?  Strange diet!   At the end of chapter 1, Ezekiel sees ‘the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.’   Falls on his face (who wouldn’t?), and hears a voice saying to him– ‘stand on your feet…and the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me’ (Ezekiel 2: 1, 2).

When I read those verses, something clicked within.  When we accept Jesus into our lives, we receive the Holy Spirit– ‘…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?'(1 Corinthians 6: 19-20).  God the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us.  How?  In what way?

Here’s what I think–what does it matter?   He says to stand up, so I recommend you do that!    Don’t sit around and be lazy in the Lord.  That won’t work.  Not with the Holy Spirit providing the energy to live for Him.

Or filled with fears from the past.  I know:  easier said than done.  And I’ve got a long ways to go.  Like you do.  Don’t sit around,  filled with bitterness and regrets, making excuses for yourself.  I know.  Easier said…

When I became a believer in Jesus Christ,  something changed within me.  Like the Spirit said to stand up.  Start studying like you mean it.  Literally overnight, a mediocre student started earning straight ‘A’s.  In Millburn High, if a senior had an ‘A’ in class, you didn’t have to take the final exam.  A way to motivate seniors, tempted to slump at the very end of high school.   I never took one final exam.  Straight A’s!  From me?  Something had changed within.

Now I know that it was the Holy Spirit.  Telling me to get up, already!  Stand up…I’ve set you on your feet to do things for Me!  That’s what it was.  I know it.

How about you?   Look back at your life and remember when you accepted the Lord into your heart?  What happened when He stood you on your feet…to do things for Him, for others?   Maybe, just maybe, He’s extending  His hand to you right now, saying, ‘Get up!   Stand on your feet!  Let’s get going.  No time like the present…to live for Jesus!  Stop putting it off…

 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit within.  Move me to be and do all that You have designed for me for the sake of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior!  Amen.

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