- As we continue to study christianity and its significance, we need to realize that:
- Every right implies responsibility.
- Every opportunity implies an obligation.
- Every possession implies a duty.
- Enjoying a christian relationship with God involves accepting the responsibilities inherent in that relationship.
- Duty without doctrine is like a tree without roots.
- But doctrine without duty is like a tree without fruit.
- A Christian is a person called to God’s service.
- We are obligated to fulfil our individual service.
- Say attention to the ministry you have received in the LORD, so that you can accomplish it.Colossians 4:17
THE KINGDOM IS A REALM OF ACTIVITY
- This fact is seen in the various designations used to describe Christians:
- Branch that bears fruit John 15:1-8.
- Farmer that plants,2Corinthians 9:6.
- Athlete that runs,1Corinthians 9:24-27.
- A soldier that wars, 2Timothy 2:3-4.
- A member that is using his talents,Romans 12:3-8.
- As Christians we are to be:
- Fruitful, Matthew 13:1-9;Colossians 1:10.
- Useful,2Timothy 20-21.
- Profitable,2Timothy 4:11.
- In all this we should see that Christians are part of a kingdom of activity.
- A Christian’s ago should be to do God’s will.
- Notice Jesus’ attitude, John 6.38,is this true of us?
- Doing God’s will pleases God,2Co 5:9.
- A non-active Christian puts his soul in jeopardy,Mat 25:31-46.
- The Spiritual
free loaderwho is just
a long the ridewill be sadly disappointed, Matthew 7.21
- Unused abilities and opportunities will eventually be withdrawn.
- We are responsible for doing what we can, Mark 14:8
CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE WORKERS
- Christians are identified as:
- A christians activity must consist of :
- We need to be honest with ourselves, and ask questions concerning our abilities and opportunities.
- Concerning our abilities we need to ask:
- In what ways am I especially blessed by God?
- What do I possess that might be used in the LORD’s work?
- What do I derive fulfilment from doing?
- What do I Enjoy doing?
- What comes naturally for me?
- What might I learn to Do?
- Concerning our opportunities we need to ask:
- What needs to be done in the LORD’s work?
- What Scriptural restrictions govern the work?
- What other factors any limit my opportunity?
- What is now being done inadequately?
- What problems exist that need to be solved?
- What are others doing that I need to help do?
- We need to develop certain attitudes concerning our Christian work:
- Gratitude for the privilege, 1Tim 1:12
- Initiative, willing to work without havin to be plodded, 1Tim 4:12
- Be positive, Philippians2:14
- Enthusiasm, as an example note, 2 Cor9:7
- A mind to work Nehemiah 4:6
- Resistence, Galatians 6:9
CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE SERVANTS
- There are five different Greek words used in the New Testament that emphasize this fact: