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Christian Responsibilities-Part 1

Christian Responsibilities-Part 1
Be Watchful In All Things

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

When Queen Victoria was a child, she didn't know she was in line for the throne of England. Her instructors, trying to prepare her for the future, were frustrated because they couldn't motivate her. She just didn't take her studies seriously. Finally, her teachers decided to tell her that one day she would become the queen of England. Upon hearing this, Victoria quietly said, "Then I will be good." The realization that she had inherited this high calling gave her a sense of responsibility that profoundly affected her conduct from then on.

What does it mean to be a responsible person?

It can be defined as,

a.    Being answerable to somebody
b.    Being reliable

And it has synonyms such as,

c.    Trustworthy
d.    Conscientious

With these definitions and synonyms in mind, now let's answer the same question by changing just one word from person to Christian.

Q:    What does it mean to be a responsible Christian?

It means we take our Christian responsibilities seriously, and therefore, we should be reliable, trustworthy, conscientious, and be willing and prepared to be answerable to God for our actions.

Now there are many Christian responsibilities, and each one is centered upon God's commands given in His Word - The Bible.  I would like to focus on four such commands given in the Book of 2 Timothy, chapter 4, verse 5.  In this one verse we can see these commands given to Timothy by the Apostle Paul, but they apply to every Christian believer.  Let's take a look at the first command.

1.    We Must Be Watchful In All Things

But you be watchful in all things... 2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV)

This word, watchful, is derived from the Greek word, nepho, nay´-fo.  It means to abstain from wine (keep sober), i.e. (figuratively) to be discreet: be sober, or to watch.

The word watchful used here in this verse is referring to one being rational, and even-tempered.  The watchful Christian is much like a diligent athlete who trains himself to be in control of his own senses and abilities. It is this trained self-control that enables a Christian to be on guard against the enemy's schemes and deceptions, which lead to temptation.   The Apostle Paul spoke of this very discipline in his own life.

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NKJV)

We must understand as Christians, we are competing for the ultimate prize.  And as such, we should be self-controlled in our actions.  This self-control is a daily exercise in discipline where we too, must bring our bodies into subjection.  We must be watchful in all things and reason within our mind and make good judgment with the guidance of God's Word and the Holy Spirit.  We should also remember our reward awaiting us is incomprehensible.

But as it is written:  Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to be watchful in all things.  Let's be responsible to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and cast down anything that comes against His Word.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, how should we live our life, and what is waiting for us when we finish?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being watchful in all things?  Are you looking at everything in eternal perspective, or temporal?

APPLICATION: Be watchful in everything.  Look at things in perspective of what God would want in any particular situation.  Discipline your body because this is where the war is being waged.

Father, Thank You for Your guidance in all things.  Thank You for giving me the ability to reason and to identify good and evil.  Help me to continue to discipline my body and to be steadfast in what I know to be right.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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