Did you ever consider the fact that some Christians do not understand that there is work to do in the Kingdom/church of the Lord. Indeed there are some people that consider themselves to be part of a congregation yet do not think that God expects anything of them. This is a view of the Christian’s relationship to Christ that the Bible does not teach. Let us examine the teaching of the Bible about this subject to see what the Bible does say about “Christian Duty”.
Hebrews 10:24-25 – and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting (one another); and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.
This passage teaches the Christian that he/she ought to assemble faithfully with other Christians whenever the church comes together.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 – Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye. Upon the first day of the week let each one of you lay by him in store, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. ASV
This passage of Scripture teaches the Christian that he/she ought to give of their money to support the work of the congregation where they are members.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 – But this (I say,) He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (Let) each man (do) according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. ASV
This passage of Scripture tells the Christian the kind of disposition they ought to possess toward their money as it relates to their worship of the one true God.
John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth. ASV
This passage tells the Christian the kind of disposition and standard that is acceptable to God for worship, in spirit and according to truth.
James 2:18-20 – Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from (thy) works, and I by my works will show thee (my) faith. Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? ASV
This passage teaches the Christian that “good works” or “obedience” is expected, God expects the true Christian to show their gratitude and love by doing those works that glorify Him. Other passages of Scripture that teach this point are:
TO ANCIENT ISRAEL:
Exodus 20:6 – and showing loving kindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Deuteronomy 5:10 – and showing loving kindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. ASV
John 14:15 –If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.
John 14:23 – Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. ASV
Matthew 22:39 — Love our neighbor – And a second like (unto it) is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. ASV
Luke 10:27 — Love our neighbor – And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. ASV
Romans 13:8-10 — Love our neighbor – Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfillment of the law. ASV
Note — The Christian can do these things if he/she is conscious of the need to do so, will we do them?