ARE YOU RUNNING FOR GOD OR FROM GOD?
                                                               Jonah 1:1-3 (678)


   Introduction

        A.  Verse 3 tells us about a man running from God instead of a man running for God.

        B.  Let’s consider Jonah and his duty and then make application.

   I.  Jonah and his duty.

        A.  His duty was clear.  Vv1-2

              1. What constituted Jonah’ duty?  Vv1-2 

        B.  Jonah did not want to execute his duty.

              1.  Three possible reasons:

                   Prejudice; felt he was incapable; His heart wasn’t right with God.

        C.  After Jonah was disciplined by the Lord, he executed his duty.  Jonah 1:4, 15-16; 2:
             1,10; 3:1-3

  II.  Application:  The Christian life is a life of duty.  Luke 17:10 (769).  Several duties:

        A.  Love one another.  John 13:34-35 (793).  Excuses:

        B.  Evangelize.  Matthew 28:18-20 (730); Ezekiel 33:7-9 (634)

        C.  Meet the needs of others.  James 1:27 (892).  Excuses:

  III.  Several truths regarding duty.

        A.  Duty is inescapable.  Luke 17:10 (769).  Command-duty:

        B.  Duty is non-transferable.

        C.  Duty is revealing.  Whether self or God is in control.

Conclusion

        A.  Carrying out our duties brings glory to God.  Matthew 5:16 (705)

        B.  Will be rewarded.  1 Corinthians 15:58 (851)