Do the right thing

Do the right thing

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:17 him

Luke 12:47-48

 47 And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.

 48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

New Brighton, Minn., June 30, 2014 (UPI)  the headline reads: Good Samaritan saves Minnesota man’s life by bending locked car door with bare hands. A 52-year-old Minnesota man bent a locked car door in half with his bare hands and pulled a man to safety after his car caught on fire on Sunday evening in New Brighton.

Robert Renning was driving on Interstate 35W around 6:30 p.m. when he passed a car that was on fire.

The driver, Michael Johannes, couldn’t get the car’s electronic locks and power windows to open, so Renning “somehow pried his fingers” along the vehicle’s door frame and “bent the locked door in half from the top down.” After he created the opening, Renning was able to pull Johannes out before he was seriously injured, or worse.

“He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person,” Minnesota State Trooper Zachary Hill told WCCO. “I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive.”

Renning humbly down­played his “Superman” moment. “Somebody was in trouble he said. ‘You’re supposed to help each out other.’”

Would you agree that in most situations, it is often intuitively obvious what the right thing to do is? Of course sometimes we never really know what is right or best. However, let’s focus on those times we know what is right to do. Do we take a risk and do it? Are you aware of what the Father’s stance is on doing right when you know what it is?

James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father will never ask us to do something that we cannot do with His enablement.

Father I recognize the extreme limitations that I have in many areas of my life. But I also recognize that you have also entrusted me with precious spiritual treasures,, and responsibilities. Enable me to act wisely in your service and complete my assignments.

INSIGHT

Failing to act when you know what is right, carries a lot of overhead. The Father is always fair and just in His assessments. Jesus tells a story to illustrate. There was a master had two servants. He provided them with assignments and then left on a journey. Neither of them knew when he would return

Luke 12:47-48

 47 A servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.

 48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

Luke 12:43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.

There is a built-in assumption here and that is that when the master assigns a task, he also provides the wherewithal to succeed in carrying it Out. The Father will never ask us to do something that we cannot do with His enablement. “The servant who knows what to do and does not do it is more culpable than the one who does not do it because of ignorance” (Stein).

But there’s more. Privilege increases accountability.

Luke 12:48 When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

No one but the Father knows the day or the hour when any of His children will meet Him in eternity.

Our days are often filled with so many things. Although we sacrifice rest and even sleep, we always seem to have loose ends. So many things seem to be half done, undone, or put off, and not even attempted. As children of the King, we have a higher standard. We have a guide and an example to follow, the Lord Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Before His death on the cross and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ finished all of His earthly assignments. We too sense the responsibility, if not obligation to finish each and every task the Father has assigned to us.

John 17:4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

Ask the Father, and He will delightfully provide a list. Be prudent and ask Him every morning. He will keep adding things as you walk together with Him through life.

Colossians 1:9 We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

The burnt-out car (Credit: Minnesota State Patrol/Facebook)

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