Friday, March 19, 2010
How Do I Fulfill My Responsibilites?
At some point we have a tendency to develop a resistance to these commands. It seems that a little “mutiny” develops in our minds and our souls as we try to keep these instructions. I think there are at least three factors that lead to this frustration:
• We view the bible as a rule book or merely as a guide to living rather than see it as a revelation of a relationship with God
• We fail to see that these commands are normally given after a foundational discourse on why we should be obedient and the wherewithal that we have been given by God so that we can obey or keep these instructions
For example; we know that Paul spends 8 full chapters developing a foundation for his all consuming command in chapter 12 and verse one – “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God…”
If you fail to fully comprehend all that has been said, all that has been done on our behalf, and all that God has given us in the first eight chapters, this command will not only be insensible, but it will be impossible to obey.
That is why the “therefore” is there. Since you have all of this and all of this has been done for you; now do this. Paul appeals to our obedience because he knows it is possible to obey. Why? God has given us everything we need in order to obey Him.
In Ephesians chapter four, Paul gives the command “…to walk worthy of the calling to which you have been called…” Look at how he begins verse one, “I therefore…” Paul’s appeal and command stems from all that we have as our possession detailed in chapters one through three.
Don’t get scripture out of order. Paul in particular always gives the Doctrine prior to our Duty, the Edification before the Expectation.
• We fail to see a realistic plan or means to be obedient to the commands or instructions we are given, so we “persevere” in our own “energy”
In my devotional reading I came across recently Paul’s prayer for the Philippians to express or exercise their love for one another in a greater manner. “It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more.” (Philippians 1:9)
In addition to this apostolic prayer, I have committed 2010 to Holiness. This year the emphasis in my life is to discover, develop, and depict God’s holiness in my life. After all God said, “Be ye holy, as I am holy.” Peter gave the command “Because He is holy, I am to be holy in my everyday lifestyle.”
The question then is; since these things are only possible through the Holy Spirit, what can I do to fulfill my responsibility? In other words if I want to change my behavior, grow in any area, such as __________ (you fill in the blank) how do I do this?
Let me give you four means of fulfilling your responsibility:
1) In order to grow in ___________ (love, holiness, faith, etc.) saturate your mind and soul with Scriptures that describe ____________ (love, holiness, faith) and depict its importance. Study them, meditate on them and feed on them.
2) Pray for the Holy Spirit to apply His Word (that you have hidden in your heart) to your heart and daily lives. It is true, it is not an urban myth; God has given you everything you need to live godly in Christ Jesus. He hasn’t withheld one thing.
3) Confess the areas and instances that you have failed in and maybe failing in as you read this in ____________ (love, holiness, faith, etc.)
4) Obey. Simply do what ___________ (love, holiness, faith, etc.) dictates.
We have a tendency to make our Christian experience more difficult than it is. We allow ourselves to get bogged down in defeat, discouragement, and despair because we fail to see that the Bible is not merely a rule book of do’s and don’ts, but it is a loving relationship with God our Father and all that He has given to us in order to grow, be faithful, and obedient.
Posted by Gregg Metcalf at 1:00 AM