Our Duty to God

What is our duty to God? To go to church every time the doors are open; to lead people to the Lord and help them secure their salvation; to read the Bible every day; to pray for an hour every day; to attend Bible school; to work for a church or ministry; to go to Africa as a missionary; to preach the Gospel? While all of these are commendable, they are not the answer to what is our duty because our duty to God is multi-faceted.
1. 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.” (emphasis supplied) Fear God is a duty we have to God to hold him in ‘reverence or awe’. This ‘fear’ allows us to exalt him, to show reverential love for him and to pay homage to him. It allows us to understand to we should follow his leading and do as he says. Fear is different from scared. Scared is to be frightened, in a state of alarm or terror. God is not to be afraid of, but he is to be feared. No one should want to fall into the hands of an angry God.

2. Another duty is to obey. I John 2:3-4 states “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him , and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” The Message Bible translates this as “Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments. If some one claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his Commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words.” (emphasis supplied) We must obey God’s word by keeping his commandments. If we do not keep God’s commandments, we are not fulfilling our duty to God.

3. We have a duty to wait on the Lord. God does not always act when we want him to, nor does he move fast enough for most of us. We forget that God’s timing is always right. We are the ones who make a judgment as to whether God is slow or fast. Our clock is not on ‘God time’ or we would not be so impatient. Psalm 27: 14 states “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (emphasis supplied) God is worth the wait. When he moves, we should move; when he stops, we should stop; when he doesn’t move, we should not move. It is in our best interest to follow God and not try to lead him. James refers to this as, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4 (emphasis supplied) Patience comes from waiting on the Lord and the reward for waiting is that we will want nothing. The Message Bible translates it as “You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

4. We are to trust God as that is our duty to him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (emphasis supplied) The Message Bible shares this translation of those verses, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go: he’s the one who will keep you on track.” (emphasis supplied) We are to submit ourselves unconditionally to God and follow his direction. The only way we can do that is to have implicit trust in him; to believe that he has our best interest in mind; and to follow his direction without doubt or deviation. By doing that, our lives will be foolproof, with us being the fool, and we will be successful in all that we do.

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