Ezekiel 2:4-7 MSG They’re a hard case, these people to whom I’m sending you–hardened in their sin. Tell them, ‘This is the Message of GOD, the Master.’ (5) They are a defiant bunch. Whether or not they listen, at least they’ll know that a prophet’s been here. (6) But don’t be afraid of them, son of man, and don’t be afraid of anything they say. Don’t be afraid when living among them is like stepping on thorns or finding scorpions in your bed. Don’t be afraid of their mean words or their hard looks. They’re a bunch of rebels. (7) Your job is to speak to them. Whether they listen is not your concern. They’re hardened rebels.
Ezekiel was indeed sent to a tough crowd, but like the line in the Blues Brothers movie (a 1980 musical comedy), “We’re on a mission from God,” he was on a mission from God and didn’t have to fear. This certainly didn’t mean that Ezekiel wouldn’t be tempted to be afraid or never experience a twinge of anxiety, but it certainly meant he didn’t have to. The Lord told Ezekiel don’t be afraid of the people he was sent to talk to. He was told not to fear what they might say, how they acted or even how they looked at him.
Ezekiel was on a mission from God. In the first chapter of Ezekiel you read of an incredible vision he had, where he saw four living creatures of incredible design and encounters the Lord who appoints him on a mission to minister to Israel a message that the rebellious nation at that time certainly did not want to hear and would at times get a little scary. But God told Ezekiel not to fear, because he was on a vitally important mission.
One way we can fight fear is to focus on why we should confront it. Is your goal or your mission bigger than the fear? When our purpose or goal is bigger and more vital than the fear we will boldly proceed despite any thoughts or feelings of fear. Police officers and Firefighters ran into the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 not because they were all completely fearless, but because they had a calling that was more important than any thought of fear that they may have had.
None of us have been called to the exact same ministry that Ezekiel had, but all of us do have a calling (1 Peter 4:10, 2 Cor 5:21, Mark 16:15-20). We’ve all been called to minister the glorious Gospel of Christ to others and at times that can certainly be intimidating to say the least. But remembering the mission and focusing on the grace, goodness, and reality that every person will live either in Heaven or in Hell forever motivates me to tell them that God loves them, has paid the penalty for sin, and has sent me to tell them of His great love. You too are on a mission from God, Fear Not!