Ability and Responsibility

Ability and responsibility always go together.

God expects us to do what we’re able to do. With the ability he gives us, comes responsibility. The Master “gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey,” (Matthew 25:15).

In this “parable of the talents,” it is clear that the Master, by implication God, gives to everyone a certain amount of ability and expects his servants to use those God-given abilities to the best extent possible.

So, the ability God gives comes with a responsibility to do what we can do. Now, it is possible to give beyond ability, as in the case of the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8, but such is not required. What is required is that we understand how this pair goes together. Ability always implies responsibility.

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