June 24, 2022


Ecclesiastes 12:13

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

               When I heard the word duty in my spirit, I thought, “Duty?  That sounds like a rather legalistic term”.   When you think about it, our daily duties translate into what our responsibilities are.  If I have to get up and go to work every day to provide for my family and our physical needs then that is my duty or responsibility.  When I arrive at work, I have a job description, which are my duties and responsibilities.  In Christ and as Christians we have a duty toward our God.  Ecclesiastes sums up our duty quite well in our scripture for today.  Most of us read over this rather glibly and think, “yeah, yeah, fear God and keep His commandments.  I do that.”  If truth were revealed in most of our lives we will find that we regard the things of God lightly and keep the commandments of God when it is convenient to do so.  The Word says we have one duty and responsibility, and this is it.  This is our basic, but primary duty and responsibility toward the Lord. 

               In the New Testament there is a like scripture in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Here again is a passage that goes hand in hand with our passage from Ecclesiastes.  When we present ourselves and our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable; when we fear the Lord and endeavor to walk and keep His commandments.  We are not being super spiritual or going all out for God.  We are simply doing our basic duty and responsibility that we have in Him.  Our duty is to LIVE FOR HIM!   Our life now is all about Him.  Our Lord should no longer be just a side bar, compartment or extension of life; He is our life.  Life is about Him, for Him and lived through Him.  Again, the basic duty and responsibility of the believer. 

               On the surface this could appear to be just some dull, mundane, religious practice.  The reality is that when we truly surrender our lives to Christ and begin to walk after the Spirit many will testify that this is when they truly began to live, have purpose and find true joy and fulfillment in life.   Life became an adventure and a relationship with the God of the universe and if anyone can take you for a ride through life, He can.  Much like marriage, our covenant relationship with God includes duties we don’t always relish or that may not be pleasant, but it also may include duties that bring us great pleasure, fulfillment and joy.  When we come to the place in our relationship where we begin to experience the Presence and the personal intimacy with the Holy Spirit, we know that the world doesn’t have anything, but cheap substitutes to imitate the joy we find in Him.  That is why Ephesians 5:18-21 tells us, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”  Herein is contained the joy of the Lord. 

               When we really live our duty and responsibility in the Lord it won’t be dead religious works, we feel obligated to do.  It will be our joy and delight to do what is pleasing and good in His sight, that which glorifies and honors Him. 

               Malachi 1:6, “A son honoureth [his] father, and a servant his master: if then I [be] a father, where [is] mine honour? and if I [be] a master, where [is] my fear? saith the LORD …”



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