When We Take Responsibility

July 17, 2019 –

I connect the declining numbers of the average contemporary church in America with the increase in the negligent behavior of its members. Some favorite replies, when asked to do something for the church, is, “Let someone else do it,” “I don’t have time,” “I am not trained for that,” and “I’ve never done that before.” Negative replies are Moses-type answers. To grow the church, we must have more Jesus-answers

Jesus teaches about responsibility and accountability in Luke 2:48–49 (NKJV)

48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 

Each Believer is responsible and accountable to his or her self. God holds every Christian responsible and accountable so, it’s essential we be busy in God’s work; including the local church. Even Jesus held Himself accountable and responsible when He answered His mother’s question,” Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 

The Apostle Paul warns against irresponsible behavior in his second book to the church at Thessalonica.

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother who walks irresponsibly and not according to the tradition received from us.  

10 In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 10, (HCSB)

On judgment day, there are no finger-pointing or excuses. What will be your answers to God’s questions about how you handled your responsibilities; He already holds you accountable.