A Heavy Price for Doing the Lord's Work

Read the Bible in a year by reading Ezekiel 24-26 today.
Often the one doing the Lord’s work pays a heavy price for what he or she does. All prophets and all the apostles were persecuted in one form or another. Of course, there is Jesus Christ who gave His life.
Sometimes those around us, whom we love, pay the price for our dedication. Consider the life of Job. Satan killed all his children because Job feared God. Or consider the marriage of Ezekiel. God wanted to use Ezekiel’s wife as an example of what would happen to Jerusalem and God’s response to it. God told Ezekiel,
“Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down” (Ezekiel 24:16).
In verse 18, Ezekiel said that he spoke to the people in the morning, and then that night his wife died, and the next morning he did not mourn for her. How hard was that for him? She was the delight of his eyes. Therefore, you know that he loved her and suffered greatly when she died. However, he obeyed the Lord and did not mourn, nor do any of the things associated with mourning for the dead.
Then God said that when His “wife,” so to speak, that is, Jerusalem, was destroyed and taken into captivity, He would not mourn.
Here is the thing, my friends, doing the Lord’s work is serious stuff. It is not simply going to “church” on Sundays and going home and having a nice meal with family and friends. It may cost us our lives or even the lives of our loved ones.
Are you ready to the Lord’s work?

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