Matt 23:23, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
We should take this sharp rebuke by Jesus to the legalist of His day seriously today. Although we are saved by grace alone, there are many things we ought to do, not as a matter of credit toward salvation, but as gratitude for our salvation. Surely judgment, mercy, and faithfulness are high on such a list. Other “ought” of the born-again Christian life would include the following incomplete list. “Ought to” appears some ninety-nine times in the entire Bible. We have listed just a few to cause us to think about “SEVEN THINGS WE OUGHT TO DO IN THE NEW YEAR”.
WE OUGHT TO ALWAYS PRAY: “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
Luke 18:1-14. Also see notes in Daniel chapter six.
WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD IN ALL THINGS: Acts 5:29-32. “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
WE OUGHT TO WORK AND SHARE WITH OTHERS.
Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
1 Corinthians 9:9, “For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?”
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!