“He said to me, ‘Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.’ And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. ‘Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: You shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord God.” And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. Be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks… And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house. Hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.‘
“And he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, ‘Feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. And he said to me, ‘Go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them.'” Ezekiel 2:1-8; 3:1-4
The call of Ezekiel is a call to open wide his mouth, both to feed on and to feed with the word of God. He could not speak until he had digested the word his God would give him. The Lord prepared him that those to whom he carried the message would refuse with their lips and roll their eyes, yet he was to be faithful to his call. Their accountability would come because they had refused to listen to and heed the prophet among them, while his accountability was to his Master alone.
Before we embark on a mission for God, we are to take in His instructions and supply. When He calls us to speak, we must be filled with His word; to love, we must first receive His love; to forgive, we need to understand His mercy and apply His forgiveness. He never asks us to do what He does not enable, and often uses our very preparation or provision to illustrate the specific ministry we will have, always to prove His sufficiency. (2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13; 1 John 4:19)
When am I taking time to listen, and willfully to open myself to the Spirit’s call? How often do I savor His word, soaking in its truth and transforming power in my attitudes, my will, my perspective toward others and current events and the future? Where and how has He filled me for a specific outpouring to others in the Body, and have I remained faithful, even when rejected? (1 Corinthians 2:12-13)
Father, keep my mouth open to receive Your word, and to give it to others. And keep me steadfast, whether they taste and see how good You are, or refuse to listen. (Psalm 34:8)