Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I only touched on this matter lightly this past Monday but today I would like to expand on the subject of our personal obligations. We all have them. The simple dictionary meaning for the word “obligation” says that it is “something you must do because of a law, rule, promise, etc. or because it is morally right.” The more things in our lives we view as obligations, the more things we will do to touch others in a positive way, honoring Christ in the process. I’m not saying this is necessarily a good thing but I personally detest hearing someone remind me that I “have to” do this or the other. To me, it takes the away the joy and sense of fulfillment because I would rather do things out of love and not of necessity. Apart from that, it also eliminates the pressure. Nevertheless, this does not change the fact that we all have our obligations. For example, giving our offerings and tithes and offerings at church, in order to keep the work of God moving forward, should definitely be one of our obligations. Even so, Paul reminded us: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV) Simply put, though giving to God is an obligation, it means so much more when it is done cheerfully.
In His Parable of the Good Samaritan in the 10th Chapter of Luke, Jesus made it quite clear that helping a neighbor in need is one of our obligations and that we should consider anyone we come across, as our neighbor. In the parable, he mentioned two who pretended that helping a wounded countryman they came across was somebody else’s problem. On the other hand, a man who was not “one of them” not only came to his aid, he went above and beyond in his care of the wounded man.
As I mentioned in Monday’s blog, we can bury our head in the sand and pretend they’re not there, but our obligations are not going to go away. We’ve got to meet them head on and know that, with God’s help, we will get them done. Whether it is our debts, church giving, or anything else, may 2016 be a year for us that will be characterized as one when we took care of our obligations.
Memory verse for the week: (Romans 14:21) “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.”
PS: Ironically, other obligations kept me from writing a blog message yesterday.