Man's Unavoidable Responsibilities

While God allows all the choice to obey the gospel, the decision carries with it great responsibility.

If obedience carries with it the responsibility of living a godly life (2 Peter 3:11), the consequence of disobedience has its own responsibility.

The tendency of many humans is (and has been for ages) to attempt to defer the responsibility. The Lord Christ, however, taught it could not be avoided. In Matthew 25, Jesus used two parables to show this. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the responsibility for being unprepared for the bridegroom was clear.

In the parable of the talents, Jesus again clearly taught that our responsibility before God cannot be ignored or avoided. An accounting was made and all three slaves were expected to take responsibility for their use of time and money. The judgment of the master was also very clear: “And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” (Matthew 25:30 NET).

There is no coincidence that these parables are within the context of Jesus’ description of the end of time. Those who obey God are to continue to remember their responsibilities to themselves, others and to God. Those who disobey are responsible for their own condemnation.

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