As Christians, we have one responsibility. What is it? We are to obey Christ. It is our duty as believers to obey all that Jesus told us to do.
In Luke 17:7-10 we read this story. “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that, you may eat and drink? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”
When we as Christians obey God, we should not expect to get a big pat on the back for simply doing what we are supposed to do. Are we expecting to receive some sort of extra credit because we have done our duty? We should not go around with a spiritual pride that says look at me and what I have done. God is not saying we will not receive a reward for our labor for him, he is not saying that it does not matter; Kingdom work always matters to God, but it needs to be done with the right attitude.
We should consider it a privilege to work for God. Anything we get to do for the Lord is important and humbling. If he calls you to the seemingly small tasks for his kingdom than do it with all your might! When we do what we are called to do for God, “our duty” it removes all pride from our efforts.
So many Christians only want to do the “BIG” things for God. But daily walking with him, reading his word, praying and living our talk all matter. When he gives you that extra something to do, maybe witness one on one, work in the church, sing, speak and so on, do not consider yourself better or higher than anyone else, it is your duty as a follower of Christ, everything we do for Christ matters. He looks at our hearts and rewards us accordingly.
So, what is our duty? To obey everything the Lord has told us in his word to do. It sounds easy right, but sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it requires more of us than we want to give, in some countries it costs people their very lives. I don’t know if my being a Christian will ever require me to give up my life for Christ, I can only hope and pray that if it does I stand firm, knowing that when I leave this earth I am transported immediately to heaven with my Lord, my faith will be sight and I will live forever with my Lord and Savior.
So, while we await his return or our eyes close in death, spend your time living for Jesus, doing what we are called to do, obey him in all he said for us to do or not do and know that God keeps good records, your reward is sure and walk out your faith free from spiritual pride and arrogance. Surrender your need to be “all that,” and be “all that” he said to be!
Blessings to you my friends as you live, move and breathe the life of Christ!