Our Main Responsibility
This is the end of the matter:
all hath been heard:
fear God, and keep His commandments;
For this is the whole duty of man.
Fearing and obeying are the two most important responsibilities each person has. In all of the relationships, activities, and religious connections we have, this is where our focus should be. Nothing excels it. It does not matter if your greatest ambition is to own a business, receive a college degree, get married, or own a horse ranch. Fearing and obeying God will always be the primary duty all people have. The number whoa re reconciled to this will be few (Matthew 7:13,14).
The research of some psychologists show many people are “wasting their lives” and few are “investing their lives.” “Wasting your life” could mean committing suicide, feeling lost, staring into space in a room by yourself, living a sin-filled life, being afraid, or having an apathetic attitude. “Investing your life” means it is where you place your love, priority, affection, focus, and attention.
In order to fulfill our main responsibility and not wast our lives, let us think about the following passages. They speak to priority, focus, and desire. All of them fulfill what Ecclesiastes 12:13 says. Memorize them. Think on them. Apply them daily.
This book shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to inquire in his temple.
For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s shall save it. For what doth it profit to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?
For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
But far be it from me to glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world hath been crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
...According to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall I be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.