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.