Your Whole Duty

Monday Musings


Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13

How do you measure a life? Many would evaluate their lives by what they have obtained over the course of them. Do you own a home? How many cars do you have? Is your home filled with possessions? How is your bank account? Have you managed to save up some money? Have you been married? Do you have children? Are you a well known member of your community or church? If you have lived your life at all, many of these things will be present.When it’s all over, you will probably leave a lifetime of accumulations behind. There is nothing wrong with obtaining things over the course of your life, but those things are not how Christians should measure our lives. At the conclusion of life, all that will matter is whether we followed the Lord. Ecclesiastes 12:13 says that in the end what matters is that we have feared God and obeyed Him. The idea of fear here is one of respect, not fright. Many Christians would admit that they have a healthy fear of the Lord. This is an excellent attitude to have, but it is ineffective if not coupled with keeping his commandments. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” If you say you have a healthy fear and love for the Lord yet you fail to be obedient to his commands, your words contradict your actions. Remember the old proverb, “Actions speak louder than words!” Our whole duty as Christians is to not only fear the Lord but to obey him as well. Think about this: how do you feel when you return home from work and your children run up and give you a great big hug? Do those feelings change when you realized that they have failed to do the chores they were supposed to do before you got home? Though you are glad to see them and to have their affection, you are, more than likely, disappointed in their lack of obedience. God is no different. His people declare their love but fail in their obedience to Him. Our words and actions matter to God. Remember, “…Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

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