Summary: Have you ever wondered to what degree privilege brings responsibility? In this age of great privilege people need to know something about their responsibilities or they will squander great opportunities.
Privilege Brings Responsibility (Rom. 3:1,2)
Illustration: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.
1. Have you ever wondered to what degree privilege brings responsibility? In this age of great privilege people need to know something about their responsibilities or they will squander great opportunities.
In this passage, Paul writes, "To what advantage remains to the Jew?…Much in every way. To begin with, to the Jews were entrusted the oracles (the brief communications, the intentions, the utterances) of God."
Paul explains how the Jews have fail to take advantage of their privileges by failing to appropriate God given benefits.
To waste opportunities given through the "oracles of God", the Jews, who have relied upon ancestral, hereditary presumed that they would always enjoy God’s divine favorable treatment.
Many have relied too much upon their family, the church or their social status instead of Christ. All the great teaching, fellowship and gifts we have been given bring with them accompanying responsibilities.
Remember that the privileges we are given are merely a means to accomplishing God’s will.
Resist the temptation to just enjoy your privileges without fulfilling your God given responsibilities.
Ask the Lord to help you use your advantages as an opportunity to grow in Christ and your ability to contribute to the advancement of His kingdom and righteousness.
2. Paul explains how the Lord expects us to use our privileges for spiritual good. The Jews occupied a privileged position as the people of God but failed to trust Christ as their Messiah.
The Jewish failure to use the oracles of God is similar to how many contemporary Christians fail to use the grace, knowledge and love given to them.
Believers who fail to grow in spiritual, mental or ministry maturity are often led more by fear than by faith.
Do not take lightly the grace of God.
Ask the Lord to help you use every ounce of privilege you enjoy in Christ (His compassion, kindness, mercy, love, truth and power) to carry out all one’s Biblical responsibilities.
3. Paul admonishes the Romans against the sins of negligence.
To neglect implies a failure to carry out some expected or required action either through carelessness or by intention.
Often the sins of omission are far more serious than numerous sins of commission.
A few people simply choose to overlook responsibilities supposing someone else will do the job.
Even failure to look, observe or search for opportunities to minister is a sin against Christ’s command, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt. 7:7)