As believers, we have the responsibility to support each other through difficult times (Galatians 6:2). We are also warned not to dodge our own duties. “Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7 WEB).
Jesus called His followers the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). He entrusted us with the awesome responsibility of accurately reflecting Him to those lost in darkness, demonstrating His eternal love for humanity.
I am responsible for my own relationship with God
The soul who sins, he shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.
I have a responsibility to uplift all God’s children
Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and God which he purchased with his own blood.
Responsible parents raise responsible children
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Responsibly providing for those who depend upon me is a hallmark of my faith
But if anyone doesn’t provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
Increased responsibility is an opportunity for God to bless me
But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever they did there, he was responsible for it. The keeper of the prison didn’t look after anything that was under his hand, because the LORD was with him; and that which he did, the LORD made it prosper.
Responsibility is a gift from God that brings joy
His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
If my failure to trust God results in others’ misery, I am responsible
They all said to each other, “Come! Let’s cast lots, that we may know who is responsible for this evil that is on us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Responsibility involves both faithfulness and wisdom
Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes.”
I am to take responsibility for my basic needs, which God provides
Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise; which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
My attitude toward responsibility is my legacy
Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were afterward to be spoken.
A religious leader holds great responsibility
For the overseer must be blameless, as God’s steward, not self-pleasing, not easily angered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain; but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled, holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict those who contradict him.