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.

Luke 4:43 What Must You Do?

But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” Luke 4:43

People are given jobs to do with every position that they have in jobs. These are jobs that they must do and don’t have an option to choose to not do the job, or else they will lose their position.

In order to keep getting the paycheck, they are willing to do what is required. The good worker will stay focused on what his mission is and not get sidetracked.

As Jesus was getting ready to leave an area, the people tried to stop Him. He told them that He had to proclaim the good news to other towns, because that is why He was sent.

Every person, who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, has been given at least one mission. That mission is to proclaim the gospel message, that Jesus came to remove sins and bring new life to all people. How this looks and is accomplished may be different for each person, but the mission is still the same.

God expects every believer to spread the news about Jesus to every one that one can.

As a believer is doing this mission, it will be easy for one to get distracted. The world will try to stop them from moving on to a new place or person. Satan does not want this message passed on. Every time this message is passed on, Satan loses a little more in the battle.

Jesus did not lose focus on His mission, and every believer should be just like Him, not losing focus on the mission. No matter how many people a person gives the gospel message to, there are many more to pass it on to also.

Along with believing in Jesus, you also have the same mission that Jesus was given. You are to pass on the gospel message to everyone you can possibly pass it on to. Do not allow the cares and things of this world to distract you and stop you from that mission.

Millions are dying every day without knowing Jesus and you may be the one to tell some of them. Do not be afraid to testify to what you know about Jesus. Lives are dependent upon your God given mission.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; that you will tell others about the gospel message with no fear; that God will strengthen you to not get distracted from your mission on this earth; and that God will give you strength to do what needs to be done.

Galatians 6:15 All That Really Matters

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15

Every person has an idea what is most important in every situation. Each person’s idea of what is most important can be very different. The focal point is what is different.

Some will focus on wealth, while others will focus on position or title. Some will focus on self, while others will focus upon family or others.

Depending upon a person’s point of view, will depend upon what the person is willing to say is most important.

After discussing about laws and what to obey, Paul says that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. The whole point is a new creation.

Everywhere a person goes there are lots of different regulations or laws governing what a person can and cannot do. There is guidance as to how things are to be done or not to be done. Following the laws often shows the person is a good person.

In the church, there have been many laws established. Most of which are man-made laws to make people look good. Many of these laws do not really have any effect upon a person’s heart with God.

The real sign of whether one believes in God and follows Jesus or not is seen in being a new creation. The follower of Jesus must be someone who has become a new person.

He must be willing to give up his old ways of sin and live his life as Jesus lived His. If one does not become a new creation, his following or not following the law does not really mean anything at all.

The new creation will love and serve God and others from the heart, not out of obligation or law. God’s law will be written upon his heart, not just the mind.

As you go through life, you must ask yourself why you obey the laws that you do. If your heart is not right before God and things are done with the right motive, all your obedience to the law means nothing and is worthless.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to come upon you and change you from the inside out. Allow God to make you into a new creation that loves and serves God from the heart and not out of duty.

Are you the living dead in the law? Or are you a new creation in Christ Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus; that you will love and serve God from the heart; that you will do everything out of love for God; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and change you.

Acts 23:1 Are You Fulfilling 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

When a person hears the term ‘duty’, he often thinks of someone in the military or someone in a service position. Those in those positions are expected to have and fulfill a duty of service towards or for others.

To some degree, every person has a duty to fulfill. Most have a duty to work and pay their bills. Others have a duty to care for family members. All have a duty to take care not to harm others around them.

Paul was being tried by the Sanhedrin for preaching the gospel message. The first thing he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God as far as he can tell.

Every believer has the same duties that the world has, plus more. There is one duty that rises above every other duty on this earth–their duty towards God.

From the beginning of creation, God called men and women to a duty of service and relationship. Every person is called to a duty of having and building his relationship with God. In the process of building that relationship and out of love for God, he has a duty to obey every command of God–the service.

These two go hand in hand and cannot be separated. Jesus came to save people for these duties. In the process of obeying God, one will turn from sin, be a witness, and disciple new believers. This is fulfilling all that Jesus came to accomplish upon this earth.

Believers must examine themselves and see if they are actually fulfilling their duty to God. If they are not fulfilling it, they are fulfilling the duty to this world and sin.

As a believer, God has called you also to build your relationship with Him and to obey Him. He has a job for you to do upon this earth. It may be completely different then those around you, or very similar, but it is one that only you can accomplish.

Part of that duty is in building your relationship with Him. The other part is to be His witness and do His work upon this earth while you can. Ask yourself if you have fulfilled your duty to God in all good conscience. If not, it is time to start.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will grow closer to God each day; that you will be His witness; that you will disciple others in Jesus; and that you will fulfill your duty to God.