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Passage has special significance for servants of the word

In his last paragraph of today’s devotional, Ed Mathews wrote about Ezekiel’s commission, using Ezek 2.5 as his main text:

“This passage has a special significance for ministers of the word. It shows them the rigors of their appointment, the boundaries of their task, and the source of their strength. It warns them against altering the message. It clarifies the purpose of their actions, Ezekiel 2:5. It validates the reason for being faithful to the end, II Corinthians 2:14-16.”

Focus question: How much does numerical success motivate my service in the Word, rather than faithfulness to the task?

What say you?