Monday, March 03, 2008

The Dishonor of Duty

the famous sermon by Dr. Jack Hyles called "Duty" preached at Pastor's School 1979. He notes:
"At the beginning of the sermon, Dr. Hyles describes many preachers who had come to him expressing thier loss of motivation to go soul winning, and to preach. He then goes on to encourage them to continue doing what is right, not out of delight, but out of duty. He later appeals to everyone else to fulfill their obligations to God as a father, mother, sunday school teacher, bus worker, deacon, or wherever you find yourself serving to serve on the basis of duty as the highest and most noble motivation that a Christian can have".

Jesus even said that doing your duty is unprofitable:
Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

God is not honored because you did your obligation only because it is your obligation. However, God is honored when you do it out of delight for Him. When you are only doing what you're supposed to do without having your heart in it, you are called a hypocrite! God abhors this kind of outward obedience:
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.

Get to the real issue:
"search your heart for why you lost your love, zeal, joy and satisfaction in your duty and get right with God as soon as possible!"

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