Ezekiel 3:12 – Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me, “Blessed be the glory of the Lord in His place.”
The Spirit of God comes with a single purpose, to declare the glory of the Lord. Ezekiel’s commission is described in Ezekiel chapter 3. The Lord commanded him to go to his people which are in exile and speak to them whether they listen or not (Ezekiel 3:11). The Spirit of God is not dissuaded by those who do not listen. He still proclaims God’s will and purpose. The Spirit speaks through any individual willing to be a servant. Once, when I was overseas, I was a speaker for a large evangelistic meeting. The minister that had invited me, in my view, was not handling the meeting properly on the first night. He was elevating himself and not listening to the Spirit’s desire. That evening as I laid in bed, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. “Tell the brother he is not handling the meeting properly, that he is making it about himself and the promotion of his ministry.” I told the Lord that I did not want to confront the man. The Lord spoke to me in no uncertain terms that I was of no use to Him unless I obeyed and did what He was instructing me to do. Well, I repented and obeyed the Spirit.
What the Spirit of God was commanding Ezekiel to do was not easy. The Spirit of God lifted Ezekiel up so He could hear what the Lord wanted done. He then gave Ezekiel the ability to declare the Word of the Lord and perform all that God instructed. The same Spirit that lifted up the prophet lifted up the Lord Jesus. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32). God lifted up His Son to draw men into a relationship with Himself. The Spirit of God has come to lift us up too. The Holy Spirit lifts us up before the Father and presents us as righteous and holy through the blood of Jesus. He also wants to lift us up before men, that they might see what God has done in our lives and magnify the Lord. “Humble yourselves therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Father, I ask for the Holy Spirit to create in me a great desire to obey all You have commanded. I ask for grace to walk in humility so You can lift me up at Your choosing. I want to make myself available to the Holy Spirit. Father, I am Your servant and You have the right to command me. Give me grace to obey whatever You command.