My Responsibilities

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My Responsibilities

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Ephesians 5:1-21  NKJV    

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of  disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says ‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

          As Christians we each have personal responsibilities (obligations). As a disciple of Christ we have a duty on account of our relationship with God and because of the kindness that we have received from God to behave in a certain way and to do certain things. We are to walk in love, walk in light, and walk in wisdom.

I. Walk In Love

Ephesians 5:1-7  NKJV    

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.”

          We are to follow good examples. God gave us an excellent example to follow. He loved us before we knew Him or loved Him. The love and mercy He has for us is self-sacrificial. Ours (our love and mercy) should be too.

Luke 6:36  NKJV    

“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

II. Walk In Light

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV    

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

          As Christians we have  been transformed from darkness to the light. We have went from sin to righteousness through Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:1-2  NKJV    

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

          Since our position (our relationship) with God has changed our walk should too. We are not to take part in evil nor are we to be preoccupied with examining the details of evil or evil practices.

III. Walk Circumspectly (In Wisdom)

God desires for His people to walk in wisdom, not in foolishness. We are instructed to walk circumspectly. Circumspect mean watchful on all sides; cautious or prudent (planning carefully ahead of time; sensible; discreet); careful. Such a person will use good judgment (good sense).

Ephesians 5:15-21  NKJV    

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

A. Avoid Evil (unrighteousness)

We must walk in a way that avoids unnecessary contact with unrighteous influences. We cannot avoid all contact with evil, however we can avoid participating in the evil.

1 Peter 1:13-16  NKJV    

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’ ” 

          God has called His children to be set apart (separate). We are to live our lives separated from the sin and evil of this world.

B. Redeem The Time

Redeeming the time means to take advantage of the opportunities that God places before us. As Christians our every step is ordered by God. He gives us divine appointments and we are to make the most out of each one.

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