• Justin Myers

Christian Duty

"Certainly, every man who aspires to be a religious man must begin by doing his duty, his obvious duty, his daily task, the particular work which lies before him to do at this particular time and place."

B.B. Warfield


Benjamin B. Warfield said these words in an inaugural address to students beginning their time in seminary studies. He was speaking to men who would go on to pastor churches, but these words are relevant to every Christian who has any responsibility... which is all of us! Just as students, in their particular time and place, have a daily duty that lies before them, so each of us have our own assortment of duties. And as followers of Christ, we should meet these responsibilities with faithfulness in service to our Lord.


Paul wrote to the Colossians, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for man, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ" (Col. 3:23-24). Those of us who have been raised to new life in Christ (Col. 3:1) should live and work in a particular way. It is our duty to fulfill our responsibilities not for man, but in service to Christ. Ultimately, it is for his glory that we work hard. And it is because of his grace to us that we can find joy in fulfilling our duty. Even as I write this post, I know I need God's grace not only for salvation, but for the many ways I have failed in the responsibilities he has given me.


I have a responsibility as a husband to love my wife like Christ has loved his church. Thankfully, I have a lovely bride who it is a joy to love. But I do fail in this too often. It is my duty to joyfully serve and sacrifice for my wife, knowing that in doing so I am ultimately serving Jesus our Lord. And it is the same for me as a father to Emmett and Jane. It is my duty to raise them in the nurture and discipline of a Christian home as I serve Christ. What is incredible is we all flourish most when I joyfully fulfill my God-given duties. That means something.


I also have a responsibility as a church member to love and serve the body of Christ and to do so heartily as working for the Lord and not for man, with the aim to build others up in love and persevere together in Christ until our last day on earth, or until he returns. I have a duty to be diligent at my job, not for the sake of man's praise, but instead, service to Christ and reflection of his character. I have responsibility toward God as a student to work with integrity and excellence in the courses he has graciously placed before me. Life is full of responsibility. And you have your own list of duties too.


Christianity is not just about Sunday morning worship services--it is about our entire lives being shaped by and lived under the love and authority of Christ. Every duty he has given us is a gift. His gifts are for our joy and for our sanctification. The duties he gives to us are opportunities to express our love of God and neighbor. When we fail, as we will, he meets us with grace. But the question we can ask ourselves in every moment is, "What is my duty? And how can I accomplish it?" That is the question of a Christian.


"Certainly, every man who aspires to be a religious man must begin by doing his duty, his obvious duty, his daily task, the particular work which lies before him to do at this particular time and place."


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