In the book of Ezekiel we see the Lord’s invitation to His servant, which has a lot to teach those who want to serve God on the Altar.
Then He said to me: Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you! Ezekiel 2:1
For God to speak to His servant, he needs to be standing on his feet, or we could say, ready and alert for His orders. A servant cannot have a lazy and unfocused attitude toward the directions and instructions of his Lord. He is standing on his feet when he is alert to the Voice of God, and to the urges of his flesh and the tricks of the devil, so that he doesn’t displease his Lord.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maiden to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look upon the Lord our God, until He has mercy upon us. Psalms 123:2
When He spoke to me, the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet. Then I heard Him speaking to me. Ezekiel 2:2
The Holy Spirit doesn’t speak, doesn’t act, doesn’t use a servant that’s lying down (complacent), but rather one that is ready for anything, because he is like a soldier in the army.
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:4
And He said to me: Son of man, I send you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me even to this very day. Ezekiel 2:3
A servant doesn’t have the right to choose where he will serve. He has to understand that the wind of the Spirit will blow him wherever He wants, even when that place is infested with rebellious people (the demon possessed). It is precisely for those people that our Lord Jesus gave His life on Calvary, to transform goats into sheep, criminals into young men. This is the mission of a servant: enter into prisons, communities, hospitals, roads and alleys in order to free and save the rebellious.
For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 2:4
Many of our members, assistants, pastors and bishops were impudent and stubborn, but the Lord used His servants to lead them to be born of God.
As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse—for they are a rebellious house—yet they will know that a prophet has been among them. Ezekiel 2:5
A servant’s mission is to:proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”(1 Peter 2:9)
A servant needs to understand that he will not save the whole world, but at the end of every day he should sleep in peace because he was used to spread the good news of Salvation “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”, whether or not they listened.
And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house. Ezekiel 2:6
A servant can never forget that his work (the Work of God) is like a beautiful, fragrant rose with lots of thorns. There is no doubt that a servant will suffer scrapes and puncture wounds (injustice, false accusations) and the pain of scorpion stings (persecution, deserts), and because of this he needs to have the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which will enable him to endure the pain and persevere until the end, and be saved.
Bishop Edir Macedo