THE FEAR OF DUTY
Are we reluctant to do our duties to God and in committed service to one another? What holds us back? Are there many other things we would rather be doing than our duty? If we do not have the right heart, duty will be far from us.
King Solomon explored every pleasure, activity and pursuit. When it was all said and done, he concluded this about living.
Fear God? Now, there is a lost concept. Most people hear that and interpret it to mean that we are to be intimidated by God. We should be very careful because He can hurt us. But that’s not really the full understanding, is it?
What is it we understand when we have a right relationship and attitude toward God? It is in this attitude that we begin to grow wise.
We’ve lost the essence of the fear of God. It is recognizing that while God is ultimately powerful, we give the highest respect and attention to God out of reverential love. We are very careful not to disrespect or disregard. That is where obedience to God is rooted.
Obedience is another lost word. We forget that obedience flows from a great love that desires to please and do the will of the other, not obeying just to avoid consequence.
Solomon concludes that putting God first and demonstrating it with our loving action is the duty of all humanity. Everyone has a duty to God. Everyone!
Here is a definition for us.
Definition of Duty
· something that is done as part of a job
· something that you must do because it is morally right or because the law requires it[i]
God has the right to expect us to respect and serve Him, simply by virtue that He is God and we are not! We have a reasonable duty to God.
Do not diminish the word ‘duty’. It is not a reluctant sense of being trapped into doing what you do not want to do. That leaves us open to all kinds of resentment toward authority, especially God’s.
It is a high expression of deep love to do your duty. Still, people have cloudy motives. Some do their duty expecting that they are going to avoid any hardship or exertion beyond normal limits. I will do my duty, but there must be something in it for me, right?
Jesus calls us to a level of duty that most will avoid. Can you imagine the duty of going the second mile when you are obligated to carry someone’s stuff for a mile against your will?