Christian’s Job Description Wanted
A hand went up in Bible class asking a question about what a is Christian’s job description? I was taken shocked when the question was asked in the context that there were some private discussions about what elders did as well as evangelist.
Some of the teachings we see floating around in this postmodern age in which we live has “twisted Scripture” to those who follow the line thinking that somehow we are employed by God to work in the kingdom at doing something that fulfills my human cravings.
It is not a job description that we receive to complete by self-effort for then it would not be by grace. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NKJV)
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
- Obey Jesus
When we look at the teachings of the gospel of Christ, we find that in the Hebrew letter, the Lord Jesus Christ we emptied Himself of divinity and the privilege’s (Phil. 2: 5_11) thereof to live pleasing to God perfectly in word, thought and deed.
8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
Having been justified by the perfect work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, we are under obligation to “obey Jesus Christ” for He is the Author and the Source of Eternal salvation
2) Allow Jesus Will Becomes Our Will
The Apostle Paul gave us the key not “frustrating the grace of God” by living legalistic tendencies to try live the life of Christ by human effort.
Gal 2:20-21 (NKJV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
When someone asks for a job description, there may be an idea in mind that they have some “work to do” but it’s allowing God to work in us and through us to accomplish His purpose using His power, His Providence and His Word.
Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV)
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NASB)
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen
2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
We must not resist the “sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit” and trust and obey until completion.