We as believers in Jesus have a spiritual responsibility to share the truth of the gospel with the people around us, wherever we may go. If we do not do so, we must bear the responsibility: "I will hold the lookout responsible for their death [their blood]." This does not mean, of course, that we should be pushing the scriptures on people roughly or rudely. It means, rather, that when the Holy Spirit opens a door and gives us an opportunity to share the gospel, we must seize that chance. We need to take advantage of the moment to speak to them of eternal life.
It is true, of course, that we do this because we care about people. But we also do it because we recognize that evangelism is our spiritual responsibility, and God will call us to account.
The principle that is set down by the Lord to Ezekiel was reinforced by the apostle Paul when he spoke to the elders of the church of Ephesus: "I have gone about among all of you, preaching the Kingdom of God. And now I know that none of you will ever see me again. So I solemnly declare to you this very day: if any of you should be lost, I am not responsible [I am innocent of the blood of all of you]. For I have not held back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God." (Acts 20:25-27). Paul was "innocent of their blood" because he had been faithful to tell them the whole purpose of God, that is, the gospel. He had seized every opportunity God gave him to share the gospel.
Let us pray that at the end of our race we too will be "innocent of the blood of all."
- 18 OCTOBER -