Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.” Author~Albert Schweitzer
God is amazing, everything He is working in us, His incredible purposes in play in our lives right now. I have often thought that some of the challenges I have faced have been great, but when I looked closely I could see even a greater God purpose in play. YES, the God purpose in our challenges is greater than the challenge itself and I just love that about God, He trumps our enemy every single time with His power and our responsible response. AWE-GOD!
“Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.” Author~William Barclay
Responsibility And Our Free Will
Our relationship with God is incredible because of the power He backs our lives up with, but like an appliance can’t work without being plugged in, so it is with us too. We need to holy aligned with Jesus and we also have a responsibility. What? Do you mean God does not do it all. No, sometimes He doesn’t. He can lead us to living water, but He can’t make us drink it. We have a free will and with that free will comes responsibility.
“We are sinners simply because we choose to sin or live selfishly. We are never held accountable for what we are not the author of. Ability is always the measure of responsibility. God has given us the ability to direct our lives, either according to intelligence in recognition of our obligation to God and our fellowmen, or according to selfishness and unintelligence in the supreme seeking of our own happiness.” Author~Gordon Olson
Responsibility Is Not Without Accountability
Responsibility makes you answerable, accountable from every moment you breathe into every choice you act out that is within your wisdom, power, control or management ability. God does empower us with His living truth and His Holy Spirit, but it is our responsibility to manage, control and empower our freewill, and make obedience to Him, His way, truth and life happen, lived out in our lives. We are equipped by God and God expects us to make our choices for life and for the glory of His Kingdom, and when we do, we are using our free will responsibly. In the end, our responsibility or irresponsibility stands as a personal testimony that will be accountable to God’s scrutiny and we hope it will be holy aligned with His righteousness. We need to be heart ready to respond to our life situations responsibly. God’s Presence and living truth keeps us accountable and ready to be responsible.
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” Author~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We are found being in Christ, experiencing the resurrected power alive and active in our lives, and as we make choices, with great responsibility to the truth, we know to make choices that are morally right. Righteousness is given to us by Jesus, He covers us in His righteousness. We must accept the responsibility of His righteousness by the attitudes, motives and actions we choose to live from the inside to the outside of our life. There should never be a gap between what we are on the inside and what we are on the outside. The first choice is always choosing to be found in Christ, tapping into the power source, the responsibility for this is found in our relationship with Him, as we choose to obey and keep ourselves holy aligned with His Kingdom truth in our vital-vertical relationship with Him.
“The pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian. No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part. God has made it possible for us to walk in holiness. But He has given to us the responsibility of doing the walking; He does not do that for us.” Author~Jerry Bridges
Responsibility Needs God
We are committed wholly-holy to Jesus Christ, His way, truth and life and in this our responsibility to act out of this attachment, this accountable relationship with Him, becomes our free will choice. God can only do so much, but He won’t breach our God given free will. We can exercise our free will in responsibility and accountability unto God, or we can have a free will that is self-centered. Selfishness always breeds irresponsibility, because left to ourselves, we will not make the right choice, the one that sacrificially steps us out of our comfort zone. The human condition without God becomes impulsively irresponsible, reacting out of our flesh, instead out of the wisdom, strength and self-control God’s Holy Spirit gives us. We can be okay without God, but we can’t be good enough to control ourselves when we are enticed by our flesh. We need God and without Him, we can’t be responsible to control or manage our lives.
“In order for the inner man to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit, the children of God must discharge their responsibility. They need to yield specifically to the Lord, forsake every doubtful aspect in their life, be willing to obey fully God’s will, and believe through prayer that He will flood their spirit with His power.” Author~Watchman Nee
Responsibility Is Our Cross
As we make responsible choices, our responsibility to God and for God grows. When we are faithful from every moment into every choice to make good, right decisions, that bring honor to God and glory to His Kingdom, then we are given more responsibility from God and we are stretched beyond the natural to the supernatural, doing and being more than we could in our flesh, ever hope for or imagine. Our responsibility to be in a vertical relationship with God and then a horizontal relationship with His people makes responsibility our cross. Without the vertical, there can be no horizontal. We can’t be responsible to people, without being responsible to God first. The horizontal responsibility is not held up without the vertical accountability. +
“Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before He takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny. people are going to be more open to the Gospel than in years. It is God’s responsibility to make people receptive; it is our responsibility to sow the seed.”
Accountability Completes Responsibility
Responsibility is just not complete without accountability to God, the two go powerfully hand in hand. As we are responsible to keep our vital-vertical relationship with God, our accountability to God becomes a supernatural part of our lives and we are fleshed out of all our finite characteristics and attitudes that tend to trip us up into a tangled weave of fleshly enticements. Responsibility truly does manifest itself into a disciplined flesh, wholly-holy accountable to our God.
“People are born to be free; it’s a gift from God. We’re not to be free from responsibility, but free to be led by the Holy Spirit. Once we know the Word of God, we have a responsibility to be obedient to it.” Author~ Joyce Meyer
Responsibility Writes A Powerful Love Story
We need to take responsibility for our life, motives, attitudes, heart, actions, words, thoughts, the all of us, we need to direct our choices, manage our responsibility by the influence and power of the Holy Spirit. Responsibility acted out to our Audience of One God is a powerful love story between a God and His people. The Holy Spirit strengthens our vital-vertical relationship with God, into a relationship that is an unbreakable holy alignment with God and leans the gift of our free will into the sovereign sway of our incredibly gifted Awe-God. It is here in the rhythm of His grace, in the sway of His sovereignty, we thrive in amazing ways.
“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” Author~John C. Maxwell
Water Your Responsibility With The Word Of God
Jeremiah 17:8-9 Blessed is the one who trusts in Me alone; the Eternal will be his confidence. He is like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots beside the stream. It does not fear the heat or even drought. Its leaves stay green and its fruit is dependable, no matter what it faces. The choices and consequences are clear. Rely on people alone, and life will be tough and brutish. Rely on the one True God, and life will be rich and productive. The Voice Commentary
1 Peter 8-9 Humility is rarely a virtue that our culture values. We’re trained from an early age to show our strengths and hide our weaknesses. This type of thinking also spills over into our models of leadership, as we learn to dictate to others how they should perform. Peter, however, says that we should be humble in our relationships with one another and not lead as dictators. In fact, this humility before one another and God is actually the position of the greatest strength. Our enemy desires to consume us, but we find strength to resist him when we are dependent upon God for His strength. 8 Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone. 9 Resist him and be strong in your faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are fellow sufferers with you. The Voice Commentary
2 Timothy 1:6-8 This is why I write to remind you to stir up the gift of God that was conveyed to you when I laid my hands upon you. You see, God did not give us a cowardly spirit but a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit. God’s gift of faith is like a flame, and when the embers of the fire have cooled you must fan them again and keep them ablaze. So don’t be embarrassed to testify about our Lord or for me, His prisoner. Join us in suffering for the good news by the strength and power of God. The Voice Commentary
Romans 14:10-12 You have no right to criticize your brother or look down on him. Remember, each of us will stand personally before the Judgment Seat of God. 11 For it is written, “As I live,” says the Lord, “every knee shall bow to me and every tongue confess to God.” Yes, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Living Bible
Dig Deeper In Responsibility
Dig Deeper With This Wisdom Written By Christine Caine. We Were All Designed To Be People Of Responsibility To God For His Kingdom. We Have What It Takes To Be Responsible, We Are Equipped With Responsibility, Created With It.
“Before earth was even created, God says we were designed and made to do good works in Christ—works prepared before the making of the world (Ephesians 2:10). No matter how we got here, no matter the particulars of our births, we each were chosen in eternity long before we ever arrived in time, on earth. If God created us to do good works of eternal significance, he would not create us ill-prepared for those tasks. Let these truths settle inside you:
God made each one of us. Each of us was a product of God’s workmanship, no one else’s.
God chooses each one of us. None of us is an afterthought or an accident. The Creator of the universe has chosen us, individually, by name, for a great mission he would entrust to no one else?
God is always with us. God never leaves nor forsakes us.
God names us. Before we were given names by our earthly parents, God already knew us by name.
God calls us. None of us is unwanted. God makes each of us specifically for a good purpose to be worked out in time during our sojourn on earth—and he equips us to do those things for which he created us.
God is our Father. You can know the one who has made himself known to us—our Abba Father (Galatians 4:6).” Above Written By Christine Cain
Live It Out, Responsibility
“I know for me, going back the person I’ve bad-mouthed or lied to is absolutely humiliating! But isn’t it interesting that “humiliating” has the same root word as “humility”? Part of humility is taking responsibility for my sin and asking forgiveness even when it doesn’t feel good. God wants to heal and restore your relationships, but it’s not easy. Author: Chip Ingram
“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals. Author~Albert Schweitzer
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