Summary: Wouldn’t it be a help to know the bottom line responsibilities for our Christian life? If we only could know all the demands we have to fulfill to be satisfactory in God’s sight. This sermon discusses our Responsiility to God.
"What’s my Bottom Line Responsibilities as a Believer?"
Hope Christian Church
Dr. David L. Haun
A. I remember when I was a young boy living in West Virginia. On Saturday mornings, I would wake up all excited. "It’s Saturday, and I’m free from school. It’s a day to play!" In excitement that only a young boy can stir, I’d throw on my play clothes and run to the kitchen to eat. And then disaster would strike.
For most every Saturday, it seemed, my mother would look across the table and say, "Before you begin to play, there are some things I need done around the house. And with those few words, it seemed to me my day of play would die. Looking back on it, I’m sure that the Saturday labor was not all that disastrous. But each Saturday, each time I’d conclude one task, mother would point out another that needed done. I remember begging her to give me a total list of all the chores so I could know when they were over. But never did she do it. On and on she’d add to the tasks, ignoring my desire for a bottom line list of jobs.
B. Wouldn’t it be a help to know the bottom line responsibilities for our Christian life? If we only could know all the demands we have to fulfill to be satisfactory in God’s sight. So often in our spiritual walk, it seems that however much we do, however much we try, however much we succeed, there’s still something out there ahead we are supposed to do.
C. Well, there’s some good news today. About thirty years after the resurrection of Jesus, the Apostle Peter wrote a letter to Christian believers scattered in cities across Turkey. In the letter Peter lists four areas God orders for the Christian life. In effect, Peter gives something my mother never could accomplish. He spells out the bottom line that a believer is to follow.
Our Bottom Line Responsibility in our
A. God wants me to be a Model of Christ’s Character.
Far too often, we live lives of confusion in morality. We’re like the father who was explaining ethics to his son who was about to go into business. He asked: "Suppose a woman comes in and orders $100 worth of material. You wrap it up and give it to her. She pays you with a $100 bill. As she goes out the door you realize she has given you two $100 bills. Here’s where the ethics come in. Should you or shouldn’t you tell your partner?" (1)
God’s # 1 purpose: for us is to live as Jesus would.
"Get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and jealousy and talking about others behind their backs. Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you, put away all evil, deception, envy and fraud. Long to grow up into the fullness of your salvation; cry for this as a baby cries for milk" (I Peter 2:1-3 - Living)
B. Honesty and Maturity are not measured by learning but by lifestyle.
One day Sam Jones got 50 cents too much in his pay envelope, but he didn’t say a word. During the week the paymaster found out his mistake, and on the next payday deducted 50 cents. Jones said, "Excuse me, sir, but I’m 50 cents short this week." "You didn’t complain last week," replied the paymaster. Sam came back, "No, sir, I don’t mind overlooking one mistake. But when it happens twice, then it’s time to say something." (2)