June 19, 2019
A vision of fortified cities with looming towers, armed with soldiers, filled my head amidst the Father’s Day sermon. The scene was created as Pastor Dylan explained how the Old Testament cities had surrounding walls with a person whose job was to look out for potential threats. A watchman. The challenging “Watch-Men” message from Pastor Dylan continued our series What Moves You?
The watchman’s job was to look after the city. The massive importance of this occupation is described in Ezekiel 33:1-6. Not only does God command the watchmen to look out for danger, but they must do something about it too. Should an enemy come near the city, watchmen must warn others and act. The same is applied to Spiritual Watchmen: you can’t just take for yourself God’s Word and His love, you must live it out and extend it to others.
Coming to church is not a check in the box of a to do list. Church puts you in the valuable position to look left and right at the broken people among you and reach out a helping hand. We can’t just be going through the motions anymore. Not in 2019. Not with legions of my generation seeking love and truth in any outlet except God. The body of believers that the lost need is one where the congregation is moved by alarming statistics of families not in the church, where men kneel at the altar in surrender, and where wives lay hands upon their spouse’s back in support of committing to Christ and watching out for each other like what I witnessed today.
The only way we’ll be the ones to stop generational curses and begin to safeguard the future is to live out the words of Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (MSG) -talk about God’s commands and be the Church.
Often on Father’s Day, men are told more of what they’re not. We need to know who we are in Christ more than what we’re not. And as Christians, fathers are called to be both physical and spiritual watchmen over their families, providing for needs and protecting their loved ones.
As a daughter, I know I’m called to be a watchman over my little flock of students or Kids Church attendees or whoever Jesus trusts to my charge. I’m grateful men like Adam tending to God’s creation or Ezekiel being a prophet to the people are exemplified in the Bible for me to reference for this job, but I’m also grateful for living, present-day examples in both my family and my church. Enemy plans are being thwarted because of those looking out, watching over, and praying over, because of watchmen.
Dylan Robinson - June 16, 2019
From Series: "All Messages"
Morgan is a 5th grade school teacher who is passionate about people, reading, writing, and sprinkles on her ice cream. When she's not teaching, Morgan loves spending time with loved ones, learning about new things, and worshipping her King at church or in the car.