Acts 23:1 Did You Fulfill Your Duty?

Paul look straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” Acts 23:1

Having a duty or work to complete is something that most people have. Many have duty to do with their workplace, underneath an employer. All have some duty to do within their own home, city, state or nation.

Although most will complete their duty that is required of them, some try to skirt around the work and do as little as possible. Some will even completely skip doing the needed work.

As Paul was being tried in a court with the Sanhedrin, he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God with a clear conscience.

It is easy for most people to do the needed work when the boss is standing right over them watching it get done. It is often much more difficult to complete the work, when the boss is not watching. People like the easiest way out.

Although believers know that God is right there and watching, many times they do not fully believe it and feel as if they can get by with not doing the needed work. God has called every believer to be a witness, at a minimum. Not only has He called people to be a witness, He calls them to physically help others.

Every believer has taken the step of believing in Jesus, but many have stopped there. They don’t fulfill their duty to God by being a witness or helping hand to others. It is commonly left up to the pastor, elders or someone else to be that witness.

Instead of shirking the work needed to be done, every believer must be willing to do God’s work on this earth as best as he can.

As a believer, God has a duty for you to fulfill on this earth. As long as you are alive, there is still work to be done.

Every day you get up, seek to find out and do what God has for you to do that day. Work for God in such a way that you can say you fulfilled your duty to God that day with a clear conscience.

Do not hold back anything from doing what God has called you to do.

Did you fulfill your duty to God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will do the work that God has for you to do; that God will build His kingdom through you; and that God will be able to say that you have done well as a good and faithful servant.

James 1:4 Hang In There To Be Made Complete

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

When people start out to learn to do something new, they want to be a professional at it immediately. Very few people like the idea of having to work at it, being patient while learning and growing.

With this attitude, many people will strive to cut corners in the learning and will end up short of their goal or they end up giving up because of the difficulties involved. This can be seen in every age of life and every area of life.

James encourages the believers to continue to persevere so that they may become complete and having all that they need.

Growing as a believer in Jesus is not something that is instant nor is it always easy. Going through difficult times, sets a person up to learn and grow more mature. Just as a child that is growing physically, must be patient and will go through many growing pains.

Just as in other areas of life, believers will often try to cut corners in learning to grow in Jesus to become a mature believer. Instead of persevering through prayer and study of the bible, they gloss over both, cutting many corners.

Most want to be instant large believers doing great works for God. Living as one who does great works for God, comes with slow growth and struggles. God uses difficult situations to help build the believer up.

Instead of getting frustrated, cutting corners or giving up, the believer must be willing to persevere in his training. The more God is allowed to train the believer, the more he will be able to do for God and the greater his trust in God in every way.

He will become a mature and complete believer in the end.

God will allow difficult situations to occur in your life, in order to train you to trust in Him and do what He commands. Rather than fighting God and trying to cut corners, do what God says and grow despite what is occurring.

Persevere in running hard after God and becoming like Jesus more and more. As you hang in there and don’t give up, God will make you complete and provide everything that you need for life and to be more like Jesus.

Never ever give up! Hang in there and you will make it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will persevere in the situations God brings into your life; that you will do all God commands you to do; that you will grow in maturity in Jesus; and that God will provide for all that you need so that you will never lack anything.

1 John 2:5-6 Living In God

“But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:5-6

The importance for obedience is shown in the verse right before these verses. If you claim to know God but do not do what He says, you are called a liar. To know God is also to obey Him.

You may ask how this can be since you may know a person, but not obey that person. With God it is much different than with just a person. God is God and is in absolute control of everything. A person, is just a person and really not in control of very much.

When you realize who God is and how much He loves you, you will want to obey Him. If you do not love Him after seeing who He is and His love for you, you are truly insane or very blind, refusing to see the truth.

Once you fully obey God in all He says, John points out that love has been made complete in you. This is because God is love and everything about Him is love. He gives all commands out of love and nothing else. As you obey, His love is being truly manifested in you.

John, then, states how you can know you are in God. It is by living like Jesus did.

How did Jesus live? In perfect union with God. He did nothing or said nothing without the Father’s approval. Jesus was perfectly obedient to the Father, even to the point of a painful death on a cross for others that did not want Him or accept Him. This was perfect love.

Today how are you living like Jesus? Did you say the words Jesus would have said? Did you help as Jesus would have helped? Did you meet needs as Jesus did? Did you pray as Jesus prayed? What were your motives? Ask God to help you to live like Jesus.

I pray that today God will strengthen you to live like Jesus; that God will remind you of how Jesus lived; that you will truly know God; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; and that God’s love will be made complete in you.