Useless (Ezekiel 15)

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 CSB)

Peter’s concern is that the Christians he is writing to would become useless and unfruitful toward God. In general, no one wants to be useless. We especially do not want to be called useless. It is a pretty derogatory term to tell someone that they are completely useless. But how sad would it be to call the people of God, “useless and unfruitful”! This is the problem that the Lord is dealing with regarding his people in the book of Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 15-17 God is using three pictures to show the problem with his people and what needs to be done. The first issue we are going to see is in Ezekiel 15 and it is the problem of being useless to God. What happened to God’s people, what can we learn from them, and how we can avoid being useless to God?

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