1 Corinthians 9:16- For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because an OBLIGATION is placed on me. And woe to me if I don’t preach the gospel! Shouldn’t this be enough? Shouldn’t this motivate us to proclaim all of the promises that we’ve been given through salvation in Christ? It is our responsibility to proclaim the name of God but it is also an OBLIGATION. Those are some blunt words to someone –at least they are for me- who might not be living up to this obligation. I would hope this passage would be enough to get us motivated but even as I write this I’m wondering if it’s enough for me, even though it should.
Lately for me the issue has shifted, from reading scripture and praying, to applying it and living what scripture says and what God has commanded us to do, but also what he promises if we do them. I have begun to see that scripture is not just purely for memorization but it’s a call to action. It’s a call to a different level. A mentor of mine once said that Christ is calling us to a “new normal”-a rash awakening of the differences that we should bask in and share with others causing what we now know and acknowledge as “normal” to be drastically different and that it would become the ”new normal”. Everything that I have been reading has in some way shifted to this truth: If you live out what you read, in scripture, NOTHING can stop what God has in store.
In Luke 12:48 Christ is speaking in a parable of the master and his servants, and he says, “Much will be required of everyone who is given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more.” He spoke to his disciples of his return; he hadn’t yet ascended but he told them to always be ready as if their master might return at any moment. The servant who prepares and is always doing the will of the master is the one who will receive the reward, but to the one who drinks, eats, and beats the fellow servants will be the one caught doing this evil when the master returns. It says that “even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more.” So if we truly believe that God is the creator of everything ( Psalm 8 ) and if through Christ we become co-heirs of his kingdom that means we have inherited and put responsible over everything. With our responsibility we are required of more than the non-Christian.
We are obligated, required to share the gift that we’ve been given. It’s not about memorizing scripture (even though that is great) it’s about obeying his commands. In 1 John 2 it talks about how we know if we are in him. “The one who says he is in Him should walk just as he walked.” You see Christians weren’t self-proclaimed. They were GIVEN their title by those at Antioch. 2,000 years later would others be able to see that we are walking just as Christ walked? Is God doing HUGEthings in your life? Or is a better question; are you allowing God to do big things in your life? I have had so many times in my life where God has spoken to me and I haven’t taken action on it, it makes me wonder what “could’ve been”. Don’t wait until it turns to what should’ve been. Pray for me as I pray for your action to this call.