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The Responsibilities of a True Christian 

The Responsibilities of a True Christian

(Luke 24:1-12, KJV)

On Friday about three o’clock in the afternoon the Lord Jesus gave up His precious life. Nicodemus took the dead body of Christ from the cross, put the traditional spices on His body, wrapped Him in linen, and buried Him;

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight; Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.  (John 19:39-40).

      The women who came from Galilee, followed, saw the grave and how his body was kept. They went back and prepared the spices for the body;

And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment (Luke 23:55-56).

      On the Sabbath they had rest, but on the first day of the week they came to the grave with more spices.

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them, And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre (Luke 24:1-2).

            If we meditate on this passage in more depth, we can observe several facts and lessons in connection with Easter. Let us see some of the practical lessons:

  1. Value Your Time (giving time to the Lord).

These women came to the grave early in the morning with the spices. In the Gospel of Matthew it is written, “at the time of day break,” the Gospel of John records, “early in the morning while it was still dark.”

      If these women had wished, they could have finished some of their domestic chores then, with some delay, they could go to the grave. But they did not do so. It is very possible, if they had waited to come go the grave, they would never have see the angel; they would not have heard the news of Jesus’s resurrection, nor would they be able to tell others about the resurrection of Jesus.

      But they gave much preference to this task (coming to the grave), and arrived early in the morning. It shows that they greatly valued their time. Time was very precious in their sight. It is written that the dead body was put into the grave on Friday evening and they went to see the place where Jesus was laid, then they went to prepare the spices. They had prepared for two days prior to their visit to the grave, so that no time should be wasted on Sunday morning.

We have many Christian brothers and sisters who do their preparation for going to church just a few minutes before leaving the house. Often they arrive at church very late. Some people show up just few minutes before the benediction.

      It is very important that before going to the house of the Lord we have prepared the previous night. In our worldly affairs we take good care of our time; we greatly value our time. But for God, who gave us eternal life through Jesus and blessed us with so many blessings, we feel it is a burden to go to His house each week.

What do we think of time? What is our concept about time?

  1. You cannot grab or snatch time.
  2. Time can be wasted.
  3. You cannot bring back time, you cannot rewind time.
  4. Time cannot be stored or accumulated.
  5. You cannot delay or postpone your time. Time flies. Once you miss a moment, you can never regain it.

According to statistics from one study, an average citizen spends seventy years of his life performing the following activities:

  • 24 years sleeping
  • 14 years in a job or profession
  • 6 years eating
  • 4 years learning
  • 3 years recovering from sickness
  • 4 years talking
  • 5 years traveling
  • 8 years of entertainment and relaxing

In this summary, very little time is left for worship and spending time with the Lord. If we start from the day of our birth (which is naturally  impossible ), and we spend five minutes with the Lord every morning and evening, and every Sunday we go to church for three hours of worship, at the end of seventy years of life we have spent only twenty months (or 2 years) for the Lord.

      How much time do we spend, where and how?  How much time do we give to the Lord? These women offered their time for the Lord then they also gave their resources to the Lord.

  1. Giving resources to the Lord

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

The women prepared these spices. It is obvious that before preparation these provisions had gone through different processes. Money was needed to secure or purchase these items. In order to prepare the spices there was need of time, physical health, thinking or planning, and attitude. God wants us to spend our resources joyfully, generously, with open hearts and open hands for Him.

      We need to be good stewards of our money and other resources. The stewardship of money—or use of it in a better way—does not depend upon a special method. In reality stewardship is an attitude. When we talk about money, it is related to our emotions. The meaning of the word stewardship is, to discipline yourself in your financial matters, or to overcome your emotions in connection with your finances.

      If we want to discipline ourselves, we must cultivate good habits. The people who spend their money without any parameters or discipline are, in fact, undisciplined in their personal life; they are disorderly people. God is the owner of our resources. We say to God, “Whatever is yours is ours.” Can we say this? Can we truly say to Him, “Whatever is mine is Yours?” It is very essential that we give God His share cheerfully and joyfully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

We must give a share to the Lord regularly. We should not give with grumbling. We should not be stingy in our giving. We must meet the needs of the needy. Help the widows and orphans. We must give everything to the Lord, our body, our strength, our soul, our mental abilities and our wealth.

      These women gave their time and their resources to the Lord. These women had great love, adoration and reverence for the Lord. They were also hard-working women. It is very essential—a Christian must give preference to the Lord in his time and resources. Along the way of life he must remember the truths of the Bible.

  1. To Remember

And they remembered his words (Luke 24:8).

God has given us our mind; our memory. This is a gift from Him. We can deposit our happenings, incidents, situations, and circumstances in our memory bank. When we need to recall them, we can do so. They remembered the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. How well do we remember the Word of God or His laws and commands? Some people do read the Word of God, they do memorize the Word of God but when there comes a time to put this Word of God into practice, they forget everything and use worldly tactics.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).

It is very essential to memorize the word of God and put it into practice. Some people always remember the negative, sad, and tragic incidents. But the good or pleasant things get lost. It is like a person who puts something in a safe place then after few minutes he forgets where he put it. If in the evening you ask such a negative person what happened that today, they recall only the tragic, dark, and bitter experiences. These negative things pop up on the screen of their mind and they speak out about them. It is very essential that we remember the great truths of the Holy Bible, facts, and practical lessons, as well as the positive and pleasant moments of our past life.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart (Deuteronomy 6:6).

  1. Telling Others.

And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest (Luke 24:9).

Telling others is the responsibility of a true Christian. Whatever these women had seen and heard from the angel, they shared the whole incident with the disciples and other people. These other people were totally unaware of this incident. The angel told the women to tell others, and they obeyed.

      It is the responsibility of a true Christian that whatever God the Father has done for him and in his life through Lord Jesus Christ, he must share it with others. It means that the Lord freely granted him  the forgiveness of sins, he experienced the  new birth, he was made righteous in the sight of God. He was granted inner joy and peace, given Sonship, made a partaker of the divine nature, made him a heavenly citizen, was given eternal, glorious, and blessed hope.

      He must tell others who are unaware of this experience. When a true believer fulfills these responsibilities then many hurdles will come his way. These hurdles are a very essential and basic part of spiritual growth and maturity. To meet these challenges, the Lord provides us with strength and help if we ask from Him.

  1. Hurdles.

These women were thinking… who will roll away the stone for us? It is possible that we may have some kind of stone in our spiritual life and we also have the question, who will roll away this stone for me? This stone can be a prolonged sickness, family clashes, family misunderstandings, unemployment, church strife, or tension in the relationship between husband and wife. It can also be the disobedience of children, or it can be a secret sin. Who will roll away this stone?

      When we take a step, with faith, and ask help from God, trust in Him… then He rolls away the stone for us. His great, free, and divine grace is sufficient for all our needs.

Today when we celebrate Easter with great pomp and show, let us ask as Christians, what is the purpose of Easter in our life? These things seem very simple and ordinary, but we badly need them in a practical way.

      As a church in Pakistan, how far behind are we? Come, let us all pledge on this blessed occasion that we will go for a time of worship, we will value our time for the Lord, we will offer our resources to the Lord, we will remember the great truths of the Scriptures, and we will share the word of God  with other people.

May the Lord grant us His grace, that we may fulfill our responsibilities joyfully; may the Lord bless you today and always.

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