“What does the LORD require of you,” the prophet Micah asks (Micah 6:8), “but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” These tasks sound quite simple but are deceptively challenging.
Our duty, then, as Christians and as God-followers, is anchored in justice, love and mercy, and — above all — humility, recognizing the sovereign power of our God over all else.
Fearing God and keeping His commands is my sole duty
This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
I serve God because it is my duty, not because I expect praise
“Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’”
God knows the names of who all serve Him and knows their responsibilities
The prince of the fathers’ house of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. Their duty shall be the ark, the table, the lamp stand, the altars, the vessels of the sanctuary with which they minister, the screen, and all its service.
It is my sacred duty to do what I know is right
For you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that.” But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil. To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn’t do it, to him it is sin.
God pays attention to how I conduct myself in His service
You have not performed the duty of my holy things; but you have set performers of my duty in my sanctuary for yourselves.
Showing God’s justice and love to the poor is as much a duty as financial giving
But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you. But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but you bypass justice and God’s love. You ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.
Those who hold church office have a sacred duty
For the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the rooms and over the treasuries in God’s house. They stayed around God’s house, because that duty was on them; and to their duty was its opening morning by morning.
It is my duty to follow Christ’s example
If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
I am duty bound to make good on my promises to God
You shall observe and do that which has gone out of your lips. Whatever you have vowed to the LORD your God as a free will offering, which you have promised with your mouth, you must do.
Faithfulness is the duty of everyone who serves God
So let a man think of us as Christ’s servants, and stewards of God’s mysteries. Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they be found faithful.