What does the Bible say about responsibility?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do'” (Luke 17:10).

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-39).

Responsibility is defined as the state of being responsible or accountable; that for which one is answerable; a duty or trust; ability to meet obligations. Jesus used the word ‘duty’ which is defined as that which one is morally or legally bound to do; obligation. Thus, several words could be used that have similar meanings as does responsibility.

At Luke 17:7-10, Jesus taught a parable about a servant working all day, and at evening rather than being served he will be required to serve others first. Rather than being thanked, it was understood that he had only done his duty. 

Some have made Christianity to be so sweet and sentimental, but Jesus strips away the veneer to expose the real taskmaster of duty.

Sadly, from the time when Adam and Eve sinned, people have tried to blame others or shift their responsibility as Adam and Eve did.

Again, Jesus said, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). This is known as the Golden Rule, and when we practice it, and what Jesus taught about loving God and our neighbor, it summarizes our duty and responsibility.

This is what life is all about! Faith in God and our obedience involves responsibility.          

 

#bible-study, #responsibility

Unauthorized person: Numbers 1.51

“Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites must take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be reassembled, the Levites must set it up. Any unauthorized person who approaches it must be killed.”

Numbers 1.51

God gives definite responsibilities to specific people. He has always done this. The Levites, and they alone, were tasked with taking down and setting up the tabernacle in the wilderness.

Did others have the ability to do what the Levites were supposed to do? Absolutely! But they were not authorized to do it. The same principle applies today for elders, men in worship, support of widows, etc.

#votd #Numbers #responsibility

Each carry his own load: Galatians 6.5

“For each one will carry his own load.”

Galatians 6.5

The apostle Paul is all about helping others, even correcting an erring brother so that he not be lost. Jesus said we must love each other. But some things others cannot do for us. There is individual responsibility.

It doesn’t matter what others do, or fail to do, in their responsibility toward God, toward the church, or toward the family. I must do my part. I am responsible and will answer to God for my words and actions. The failures of others do not release me from my load.

#votd #Galatians #responsibility

Childhood and chores

Did you have chores as a child? I did, and they did not come with an allowance!

From cutting the grass to picking vegetables in the garden. From cleaning my bedroom to cleaning the bathroom. From dusting the furniture to washing dishes. From feeding the dog to cleaning up after the dog with a shovel. As a child, I had certain jobs that belonged to me. And although I did not enjoy them as a child, the chores of my past have benefited my present as an adult.

There are some people who avoid unpleasant tasks and responsibilities at all cost. Such behavior leads to the folding of hands … which leads to a messier mess in life (Proverbs 24:30-34). Children need to learn about this foolish behavior.

It’s important for children to have personal chores. These chores don’t ruin their childhood. It allows their childhood, a time in their life that cannot be relived, to become the foundation that leads to a more successful life and attitude when it comes to work.

Better a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.” (Ecclesiastes 4:13)

#parenting, #raising-faithful-children, #responsibility

Key: Isaiah 22.22 VOTD

“I will place the key to the house of David on his shoulder. When he opens the door, no one can close it; when he closes the door, no one can open it.”

Isaiah 22.22

There would be a change of palace administrators. Shebna would be thrown out, and Eliakim would be given the responsibility. Was Jesus thinking of this verse when he told Peter and the disciples about having the keys to the kingdom? Mt 16.19; 18.18.

Do we open the doors of the kingdom to those on the outside? Or do we keep people from entering by taking away the “key of knowledge”? Lk 11.52.

#Isaiah #responsibility #VOTD

The result of too much I, me and my in our eye

Thinking about I, me and my too much leads to an “I think” way of life.

The “rich man” of Luke 12:31-21 thought he could take it easy after taking care of himself.

He thought wrong!

His body was his, his choices were his, and his one life to live was his – but his soul paid the price of his myopic thinking.

The “I think” way of life often takes the “captain’s hat” off of truth and places it on our fickle head. The obvious problem with that course of thought is our ship will sink every time. That’s because the aforementioned hat belongs to Jesus. If we keep our eyes on him, we’ll find a lot less of I, me and my in our eye.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:9-10 NKJV)

#free-will, #judgment-of-god, #making-wise-choices, #responsibility

It’s my life, I’ll do what I want!

Every generation has its “Frank Sinatra’s.”

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with singing talent and everything to do with the mindset which says, “It’s my life, I’ll live it my way!”

This mindset is right and wrong all at the same time.

The mindset is right in that your life is your life, your body is your body, your choice is your choice, and it’s all only going to happen once.

The mindset is wrong in that your soul is not your soul – it belongs to the one who gave it to us, and the choices we make are our responsibility:

  • Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV)
  • For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV)
  • And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)

You see, our life is our life, our body is our body, our choice is our choice, but because we don’t own ourselves will we have to answer for the way we used these one-time privileges.

At the end of the day, it is our life and we can do what we want – but don’t forget that eternal life belongs to God and he always gets the final word.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NKJV)

#free-will, #judgment-of-god, #making-wise-choices, #responsibility

Stopped Hearing (A Word to the Wise)

A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment (Proverbs 16:10, KJV). In the role of governing, it is sometimes forgotten that great responsibilities under-gird the position. As a judge implements the force of law in relation to the accused, those in government should exercise discretion in leading. In our current society, many wonder if a judge or an elected official is properly executing the responsibilities of the position. In the ancient society, the Lord took away these temptations when He gave man His law. With regard to a king who reigned over the nation of Israel, that which came from his lips (or should have) was that which came from the mouth of God. History, however, tells us that even with these things in place by God, determined people with corrupted ways of thinking would not be thwarted. Many of Israel’s kings were not stopped because the people who were subject to these kings had themselves already stopped hearing the Lord. Thus, no divine sentence came from the mouth of a king, only corrupted words.

 

#king, #law, #leader, #responsibility, #word-to-the-wise

August 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Elders)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Value of a Strong Eldership (Rob Whitacre)
  • How the Church can Strengthen Her Elders (Cody Westbrook)
  • What Elders Need from Preachers (Bill Siebert)
  • The Courage to take on the Wolves (Russell Haffner)
  • The Encouragement of a Godly Wife (Ken Hope)
  • Training the Next Generation (Jim Laws)
  • The Shepherd’s Reward (Rick Popejoy)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #church-leadership, #eldership, #responsibility

One Big Pet Peeve – Pun Intended!

I do not support the agenda of PETA. I do not believe it’s morally wrong to eat meat. I believe animal sacrifice was actually a God-ordained command under the Bible’s previously given, but now replaced, laws. I do not believe that an animal’s life is of equal value to a person’s. I do not believe a pet is its owner’s child, nor do I believe that the owner is the pet’s parent. But I still have one big pet-peeve that irks me when it comes to people and pets and responsibility – that’s people who drop off animals, whether young or old, at other people’s houses because they are too irresponsible to take care of them.

I’m the former owner of one cat. I say former because now I have two cats.

The first cat is approximately 13 years old. We have her because someone picked her up as a kitten on the side of the road and brought her to worship services one night. Considering her age, the rest of the story should be somewhat obvious.

The new cat is approximately 2 to 3 months old. We have him because someone dropped him off along the road in front of our house. Considering his age (and the last sentence of the first paragraph), the attitude that led to his arrival should be somewhat obvious. Continue reading

#animals, #cruelty-to-animals, #pet-peeves, #pets, #responsibility

An illustration and a Scripture reference on Responsibility

I don’t know how true the story actually is but even it’s only used as a simple illustration it does help to get a point across:

When Queen Victoria was a child, she didn’t know she was in line for the throne of England. Her instructors, trying to prepare her for the future, were frustrated because they couldn’t motivate her. She just didn’t take her studies seriously. Finally, her teachers decided to tell her that one day she would become the queen of England. Upon hearing this, Victoria quietly said, “Then I will be good.” The realization that she had inherited this high calling gave her a sense of responsibility that profoundly affected her conduct from then on.

And lest one thinks that the story has no spiritual application:

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Philippians 3:12-16)

#responsibility, #spiritual-illustrations, #spiritual-maturity

We are responsible for our spiritual journey

Lukewarmness is the result of people failing to fulfill their responsibility. We all know the consequence of being lukewarm. (Revelation 3:14-22) Let us all become children of God (Galatians 3:26-27) and be ready for every good work. (Titus 3:1)

God bless you today and always. I love you. Charles Box

#lukewarmness #responsibility #Charles-Box

You did not believe me

How in the world could the Lord possible say to Moses that he (Moses) did not believe Him (the Lord) in Numbers 20:12 (NKJV)? For 40 years Moses led the Lord’s people through the wilderness toward the promised land; for 40 years Moses taught the people the Lord’s way; for 40 years Moses prayed and sought guidance from the Lord—how could the Lord say that?

That Moses did believe and trust in the Lord is obvious to any reader of Scripture, but it must have been the case that in Moses’ frustration with the rebellious people of Israel, in his weakness, he exhibited a degree of rebellion (unbelief) himself. It has been suggested elsewhere that Moses was unsatisfied with the Lord’s remedy of the situation, and he expressed it in his actions before the people.

Whether this is the case or not, one thing that can be learned is this: to him whom much is given much is expected. Moses was given much, very much. The Lord expected better of him, and Moses failed Him on this occasion. How much have you been given?

#expectations, #frustration, #moses, #responsibility, #unbelief

Just suppose Charles Darwin Carl Sagan and all…

Just suppose Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan and all the evolutionists are right. Just suppose that there is nothing to us but matter, molecules and material; no spirit, no immortal soul. Remove the spirit of man and you remove responsibility, you remove morality. How can murder or stealing or anything else be wrong, when there is no basis for right and wrong? If all we are is matter, you can no more blame a man for murdering his neighbor than you can blame a tornado or a tsunami for killing people. Look at the end of the yellow-brick road the evolutionists are leading us on and I don’t believe you will like where it goes. Is it any wonder that our society is unraveling? This is Just-A-Minute.

#consequences, #creation, #evolution, #just-a-minute, #responsibility

A 56 year old woman in Santa Monica…

A 56-year-old woman in Santa Monica, Calif., was killed when she left her stalled car in “drive” while she crawled underneath to determine why it wouldn’t start. She accidentally triggered the starter with a screwdriver, and the car drove over her (May 09). Is there a lesson to be learned? Listen up meth-heads, heed the warning boozers, pay attention you high rollers; no one is to blame but yourself. It is not your parent’s failings, not your buddies fault, not society’s negligence; it is your misconduct, your wrongdoing, your irresponsibility. The rest of us are tired of shouldering the blame undeservedly. We can’t make you better, it is up to you. This is Just-A-Minut

#responsibility #just-a-minute