Friday, June 22, 2018

Daily Devotion: Rights Versus Responsibilities

Bible Reading: II Timothy 2:1-13

Key Verse: Verse 2 – “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

Key Words: who shall be able to teach others also

We live in a day of “rights.” We have children’s rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, gay rights, animal rights, environmental rights, minority rights, and the list goes on and on. Have you ever stopped to consider that with rights we have responsibilities? In our text, you see that Timothy had a right to be taught, but he had a responsibility to teach others.

It is so very easy to demand our rights; the hard part is fulfilling the responsibility once the rights are granted to us. We as adults have a right to vote, but with that right comes the responsibility to carry out that right. We have a right to assemble together on Sunday, but with the right comes the responsibility to assemble ourselves together.

I have a right to stand up and proclaim the gospel, but it is my responsibility to live what I preach. You, as a member of your local church, have a right to sing in the choir; but it is your responsibility to be faithful at it. You have a right to have your Sunday School class, whether it be children, youth, singles, young marrieds, or other adult classes; but you then have a responsibility to be faithful and support its activities and functions. You have a right to invite people to church, and I hope you do; but you have a responsibility to keep a Godly testimony so as not to diminish God’s glory and hurt your’s or your church’s reputation.

Yes, we have rights, but we also have responsibilities. May God grant you the strength and wisdom as you fulfill your responsibilities.

What to do:
✞ Don’t just focus on your “right,” focus also on your responsibility.

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