Why am I obligated or compelled to serve Christ?

October 13, 2009

As a Christian, I’m often obligated or compelled to to do things that are not normal behavior patterns for me.  I wonder “why do I do this?”, “why did I do it that way?” Why is it, I do certain things in circumstances that are very much out of ordinary for my typical behavior patterns? For example I find myself trusting in things yet unseen or unproven with total confidence, while all logic screams RUN!. Why study all things Jesus over work related topics or simple entertainment? God certainly gave us all free will, but as I study scripture more and more. The more I learn as Christ consumes us, our choices becomes less and less ours, more and more His. Do we really have a choice? Do we really have free will? As we decrease in ourselves, He increases in us. It is a transformation we all go through in our faith in varying measures. Some more, some less!  I have no real control over my faith.

The more i know Christ, there is much more in me that changes. I’ll be honest. Being a Christian is the hardest thing I have ever done. Change and transformation doesn’t come easy. And frankly, change is painful most of the time. So let me jump into my thoughts on what compels me into transformation from a spiritual perspective.

What does obligated mean? Why am I obligated to be who I am? What am I obligated to do?

Merraims Websters defines obligation as; the action of obligating oneself to a course of action,  a commitment, something one is bound to do

In Deuteronomy 4:5  Israel is urged to obey God’s Law.

See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.

should do thus in the land where you are entering.”  I understand this as God has given us the Word (Jesus is the Word, see John 1:1) and this is what I must now do (ie: my obligation), as I step into His Kingdom, so that I may possess it. By taking on a new nature (the Word, or Jesus nature) I become obligated or compelled.

Why do feel I obligated?
It’s simple! God is the source of all blessings, natural and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. When I took salvation upon me, I got a transfusion of new blood. The Blood of Jesus! My obligation started the day I became blood bound to Jesus. In salvation we have a spiritual debt to the whole world and are under an obligation to serve Him. It is a blood-debt that I cannot repay.

“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” Ps. 37:4-5

“He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.” Ps 145:19

These promised desires are obligations if you really think about it. I, in all honesty don’t desire to study the Bible when I’d rather be fishing or watching CSI. Yet here I sit with the Word in my hand…. 🙂

My “works” are not enough…..,

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

And answering Jesus said to them, Have faith of God. For truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, Be moved and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he said shall occur, he shall have whatever he said. Therefore I say to you, All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you shall receive them, and it will be to you.  Mark 11:22-24;

“My faith” alone isn’t enough….., to repay this blood dept. Jesus has given us a new nature, so this obligation I’ve inherited has now become part of my new DNA structure (divine nature attitude) We need to have the faith OF God, not our faith to make this daily walk. My faith alone is not strong enough to get me through my day.

Another way of speaking of this obligation is how we Honor God, our church leadership, our parents and children. In Ephesians 6:1-3 it says;

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”  “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Merriam–Websters defines Honor as:  reputation: good name or public esteem, recognition; a showing of usually merited respect (ex: pay honor to our founder) chastity, purity, a keen sense of ethical conduct or integrity

Some synonyms for honor: homage, reverence (meaning profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe)

“Honor your father and mother”. This is a command, and once its a command as servants of the Most High God, it is an obligation to act upon.  Who are your “parents” in this case. We have God the Father, our natural parents, our pastors who are our spiritual parents or mentors. We honor our brothers and sisters of natural blood and our brothers and sisters in His Blood.. We honor them by loving unconditionally, by being taught and having receptive ears, by studying the Word; but most important, to be lived out and affirmed.

So how do we put this obligation to work for us? We do so by being good stewards of the things God has appointed us to watch over for Him.  Our Time, Talents, and Treasures.

Stewardship is the systematic and proportionate system of giving time, abilities, and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God. To be used in His service for the benefit of His Kingdom. This is a divine-human partnership with God as the senior partner.

1: Our measure of Time:

Man’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired man.  Job 14:5-6

It aint rocket science..! Quite simply, you don’t have forever, so take care of the things God has entrusted you with!

2: Our measure of Talents

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.   1 Peter 4:10-1 (NIV)

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:10-1 (NKJ)

“he should do it” and “let him” . If you hear these words, you are being commanded. This becomes an “obligation”

Merraim-Websters defines should as: was obligated to, ought to, SHALL……

Shall is also a command!

3: Our measure of Tithes and Offerings

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8

Like I said in the beginning. Do we really have a choice? Am I walking out my desire or am i compelled by a means beyond my natural earthly understanding

Peace..

Mark Robbins | 

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