And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it. (Ezekiel 33:32 ESV)
Alas, this is, at times, what it feels like to be a preacher! The good news is that our place in redemptive history is not Ezekiel’s. He prophesied to people a message of condemnation to a people living in exile. We preach a message of salvation in a time when the kingdom of God is growing to fill the Earth. We have a much better message to proclaim in Christ. And yet, there are still moments when I feel like people hear and appreciate the message, but then go about their lives just as they did before…
May God’s Spirit be at work among His people to stir us up to a living and active faith.