Our Obligation to God
In this life we all have obligations. We should provide for our family, obey the laws of the land, pay our taxes, love our spouse and children, be good neighbors, and many others. But what about our obligations to God? The following verses can give us guidance regarding our responsibilities to our heavenly Father.
Heb 12:28 - Therefore, since we received a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…”
1 Sam 15:22 - Samuel said, "Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…”
Matt 7:21 - "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven…”
Matt 6:24 - "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
Matt 4:10 - Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"
Eccl 12:13 - “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
How are you doing fulfilling your obligations to God? Let’s all dedicate ourselves to begin this week putting Him and His Will first in all we do.
People ask, “Why should I become a Christian? What’s the advantage of being a Christian instead of a non-Christian?”
There are many biblical reasons for our becoming a New Testament Christian, but here are some reasons I can think of.
Our Past — The inspired writer Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 “….for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Since our sins separate us from a holy God (Isaiah 59:1-2), and since sin’s wages is spiritual death (Romans 6:23), there has to be a way that our sins are forgiven, so to bring us back into a proper relationship with God. That “way” is the sacrificial offering of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7; cf. Romans 3:24-25; Hebrews 9:11-12).
Our Present — God has only promised us the present – the “now” in which to accomplish His purpose in our lives. James tells us in James 4:13-14:
13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit."
14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Through our obedience to the gospel, we can experience joy and peace “now” (Acts 8:39; Acts 16:34). Part of that “joy” has to do with God granting us “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4), one of those being our salvation from sin — not having to face God’s wrath (Titus 2:11-14; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 5:8-10;).
Our Future — The Bible not only gives us a glimpse of future judgment (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 17:31), but also emphasizes the fact that there are only two eternal states of existence — either “everlasting punishment” or “eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Our names must be found written in the “Book of Life” (Revelation 20:12), or we will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
Yes, the above listed reasons are great reasons for becoming a Christian by being obedient to our Savior’s conditions of salvation. There is absolutely no good reason for remaining outside the saved body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23; cf. Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:47).
God’s plan for becoming His child is a simple one. He sent His perfect Son to live a perfect life as an example for us, He offered Jesus on the cross for us, and left his precious Word for us to know how to come into relationship with him, Believe that Christ is the Son of God, Confess His holy name, Repent of past sins, Be Immersed for the forgiveness of those sins, and live a faithful life in His service. It’s the best life possible. If you want to become God’s child, let us know if we can assist you in any way.
Do you ever think, I would sure like to know all the people that we worship with, but just never get to the other side of the building to meet them? Sometimes we may get comfortable with just the people we have known for a long time, and never make the attempt to meet others. We are so blessed with people from different walks of life that it might just be to our detriment that we fail to meet them. The larger we get, the more difficult it will be to know everyone, but we all need to start somewhere, and today just might be that time. In Acts 2:44 “And all those who believed were together and had all things in common.” And then 46 “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” We know that we all don’t live close together like the first century Christians did, but that does not mean we should not know each other and be close to each other. It does take work, but it can be done with some effort.
One of our dear sisters ask me to write about this because she would like to know more about the people she worships with. We all can make an effort to get to know each other better, but we need to take the first step by talking to someone that we have not talked to before. It is a great thing to do and we can find much joy in getting to know someone.
We sing the song “A Common Love” which goes like this “A common love for each other, a common gift to the Savior, a common bond holding us to the Lord; A common strength when we’re weary, a common hope for tomorrow, a common joy in the truth of God’s word.” We need a common love for each other if we love the Lord. We all do a pretty good job at getting to know each other, but that does not mean we can’t do even more in this area of our lives.
What is important to you? What do you really search for in life?
People will work for and spend their time looking for what they value most.
Luke 12:34 - "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This is true with physical things and it is also true with spiritual things.
We invest in what in what we are interested in.
There is no more valuable or important goal but to be rewarded with a home in heaven. Christians must invest in heaven.
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The rich man in Luke 18:22-27 told Jesus he had kept the commandments since his youth, but wanted to know what else he needed to do to inherit eternal life.
22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
24 And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
25 "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26 They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27 But He said, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."
Where are you spending your time? What are you spending your money on? Who are you associating with? If others were to look at you and your lifestyle, could they tell what is most important in your life? Where is your treasure?
My prayer every day includes the phrase “let my light shine.” It is a great privilege to do the best I can every day.
My Brothers and Sisters, are we seeking to serve the Lord Jesus in the best way we can? When we read the example that Jesus gave us, are we doing our very best to conform with the example that He gave us? Can we say we are putting the Lord first? In a song we sing the chorus goes like this “do they know we are Christians by our love?”
Our duty in life is to lift up the Lord Jesus before a lost world. Our lights need to be shinning before them and we should not be indifferent towards the lost.
All we need to do is look at Calvary to see the cost that Jesus paid to save us from Hell. I know that motivates me. I have no desire to spend eternity lost in Hell. Yes, it is a privilege to serve the Lord, something each of us should have the strongest desire to do. It will be worth it when Judgement Day comes, what words will we hear, “well done” or the dreaded words “depart from me, I know you not.” Remember this, it will take effort to serve Him, and anything worth having is worth working for. God’s word says, “let’s work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” - Philippians 2:12 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” - Ephesians 2:8-10. What a privilege we have to serve the Lord!
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