No matter who you are, every day you rely on someone else, we all feign self independence, but actually, we are all interdependent. We all need each other, the rich needs the poor, the poor needs the rich. There are people in space right now working through researches that makes science better, there are people in labs scattered all over the world finding cure for sicknesses. There is a lorry driver right now bringing down fresh fruits down from the south of the country and another from the north, so when we wake up in the morning, we stroll to the shops for some fresh fruit, someone planted them, and processed them to the shops. The wealthy can’t feed on their money, they need the downtrodden to do the things they can’t do. But we thrive on the hard work of others without knowing it, we carry on as if we can be whatever we want to be without anyone’s influence. According to the scripture, we all have Christian duty towards one another, indeed we depend on one another without being conscious of it and without being scriptural driven, but if we all lived up to this value as a person of faith recognising the duty we have to serve each other then we would be making a better world. The Bible says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 ) It is in our service that all will see God’s grace, service is the embodiment of Christian love toward others and it shouldn’t be in short supply.
Second, we have a Christian duty to encourage one another. First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.” It is easy in this world to become discouraged because of work, relationships and finances. It is through encouragement that people can rise up and overcome any obstacle they may encounter if they believe in themselves. So, it is our Christian duty to help them believe, overcome and stay faithful in a discouraging world.
Third, we have a Christian duty to help carry burdens for others. Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Nobody should have to walk alone in the valley of being burdened. We need to walk with others and share in and lighten the heavy load many carry on their shoulders. Jesus removed our greatest burden at the cross. Therefore, we, just as Jesus did, need to help our brothers and sisters who need our help.
We have a Christian duty to pray for each other. James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” The heavy loads we carry just don’t stay in the natural world, but also belong in the spiritual. We must pray for each other. Sometimes when we are tired and burdened we just don’t feel like praying. Therefore, we as Christians must intercede for our brothers and sisters and pray on their behalf. Powerful and effective prayer will make all the difference.
To whom much is given, much is required. As Christians, we have a duty toward others. It is not a choice, but it is required. What a much different place this world would be if we all as Christians would rise up and perform our duty as diligently. Therefore, be encouraged that it is not too late to take your post and serve God and others to the fullness of your duty. For if you do not take your post and do your duty, who will?