I was reading Ezekiel 37 recently and two things occurred to me...First, God commands Ezekiel to speak to the dead bones. Second, after Ezekiel speaks what God commands him to, God carries out his plan as He ordained and God gets all the glory!
What was Ezekiel's part in this miraculous event? Simple obedience. Speaking what God had told him to speak. Being faithful to the task God had given to him. Ezekiel was just a faithful servant obeying his Master's command.
God is still raising the dead today and for some reason only known to Him, He has chosen to use us in this process. In a similar way, we live in a world where we are surrounded by spiritually dead people (1 Cor 2:6-16). Spiritually speaking, people are walking around us as a heap of dry bones. The job God has given us is like Ezekiel's, to speak what God has told us to speak to the dead bones around us. And God has given us a very specific message that must be spoken in order for the dead to be made alive.
Mark 1:15 - “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Mark 16:15 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Repenting and believing the gospel is the means by which dead bones come alive, the means by which God places His Spirit in them and causes them to live again. This is the means by which a dead deserter becomes a disciple of Christ, the means by which God gives the natural man the mind of Christ and he is radically transformed from the inside out. Our part is simple obedience to preach the gospel as our Master has commanded. It is the miraculous work of God to carry out His ordained plan.