Obligated – Reflection for 4 FEB 2018
We see Paul in Corinthians tells his disciples that he has no grounds to boast of what he has been doing, as it is not of his doing. He has had an obligation laid upon him. Woe to me, he says, if I do not proclaim the gospel. This whole proclaiming thing has been laid on his shoulders. He is the apostle to the Gentiles. He has no vested interest in doing this thing of proclaiming Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, the one who redeems. Paul a good Pharisee would never talk to a Gentile much less proclaim a Jew to the Gentiles. Yet, here he is, making observations about what he is commanded to do. Jesus said, go and proclaim the good news to the world, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
What has this to do with us? We have priests and bishops to do that. All we have to do is sit and listen to them. What is that you say? Sure we proclaim and ask the Lord to equip us to do the work He would have us do, but you surely don’t expect us to proclaim the Kingdom of God, remember that is what priests and bishops do! WRONG! That is exactly what you are supposed to do. If that is so, then what is the job of the priests and deacons and bishops? Their job is to preach and teach and equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
So, the question is now, are the priests, deacons, and bishops doing the job they are called to do? Do they love you, teach you about the love of God and encourage your relationship with Christ? Are they equipping you for the work of the ministry? Do you now stop when someone says pray for me, and offer prayer right there in the grocery aisle or at work? Do you share with others what God has done in your life and how it might fit in their lives? Not sure how this works? It is easy, God will not put you into a position of embarrassment for Him, but He will put you in opportunities to pray with people and opportunities to love them, even when they have been unlovable.
This obligation is not an obligation but a chance to share the joy that is found in Christ. So, when you come to the table, come with an open heart and willing will to do the work that Christ calls us to do.