In the film 1992 drama A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise uses a unique defense to acquit his clients, two marines charged with murder. Cruise convinces the jury members that these men were given an order, to perform a code red on a sub-standard private. The defense claimed that Harold Dawson and Louden Downey are on trial for doing their job. Beyond the realm of Hollywood, what does it mean to fulfill your duty today?
Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day,” Acts 23:1.
Depending upon your calling, fulfilling your duty first begins as an individual. What gifts or resources do you possess? In the parable of the talents, the master goes away for an undisclosed amount of time, trusting his servants to be good stewards of what each was given. Thus, God expects people to maximum their time and talent, seizing each day as a new opportunity to serve the Lord.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ – Matthew 25:23
In addition, you have to consider your role. Are you a parent, spouse or teacher? How are you influencing those around you? Are you drawing people closer to God or do your actions serve as a stumbling block, causing children to question a life of faith. If you’re like me, it becomes painfully obvious on a weekly daily that I have a long way to go. Though I have days of being good and faithful, these are overshadowed by periods of disobedience, laziness and neglect. Therefore, before Jesus returns make sure you get your house in order by fulfilling your duty to the Creator and Giver of Life.
by Jay Mankus