Become free to enjoy our responsibilities
Who do you see as reliable (dependable, trustworthy)? Most people have a mental note of whom they can count on “in a pinch”. For some of us “Olereliable” is a family member, and for others a close friend or co-worker. More often then not it is the person(s) we have observed being committed to follow-through; you ask them once and know with confidence it will get done.
Do others see you as a reliable source? Or do you shirk responsibility whenever possible? If so, it’s time to stop running from your responsibilities and rather examine yourself. As a believer matures they begin to realize the sobering reality of Romans 14:12 that states, “So each of us shall give account of himself to God.” RSV
When we accept the fact that God has qualified each of us to see our responsibilities through to the end, He will manifest His strength in us to perform every task along the way.
1 Peter 4:10-11 encourages this truth in saying, “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” RSV
Humbling ourselves in receiving God’s strength to complete our responsibilities gives Him glory because we know that God Himself is the One who will help us through. Qualification and strength will always accompany God–given responsibilities. And with God as the lead, we become free to enjoy our responsibilities rather than complain about them, dread them, or delegate to someone else what has been asked of us. We should joyfully accept a responsibility that God has entrusted to us.
Make a decision today to turn the most mundane, ordinary, dull, routine or boring responsibility into a joyful experience of demonstrating your reliability.
Character quality (Taken from IBLP by permission)
Responsibility vs. Unreliability
"Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting from me."
Colossians 1:12“… giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” RSV
“For it is God Himself whose power creates within you both the desire and the power to execute His gracious will” -The New Testament Modern Speech (Richard Francis Weymouth)
Our goal in developing this character quality should be to do what is expected of us with a joyful attitude. The joy comes because we know that we are qualified and will have the God-given strength to do the job well. At times, this may require us to develop our knowledge base or limited skill, but in everything, seek God and He will provide what is needed for us to succeed.
Keep in mind to practice discernment to assure the task given is from God or of our own will. There are times when we literally “ask for it” in order to gain some recognition or privilege. This of course will come at a price. If God is not in it, our sense of qualification will be weak and we will not have the strength that comes from Him to accomplish the task with the same joy that can be manifested in bringing God glory instead of ourselves.
As a last word of encouragement, remember that God will not assign us a responsibility that is too great for us to handle. At first a task might seem overwhelming, but after praying about it and understanding that God has qualified us and will grant us His strength do it, we can successfully conquer the mountain set before us… all to His glory through our taking responsibility and letting God lead us through.
So go onward with an adventuresome spirit and seek out the joy only God can give in being responsible.
One step further!
Insights about the Otter:
(1) They are responsible.
(2) They teach their young by example.
(3) They train their young but at the same time make it enjoyable.
Therefore whatever our task may be, studying God’s word, teaching our children and grandchildren, ministry, at the work place, sports and so on we need to be responsible and at the same time make it enjoyable for our self and others.
Furthermore to make things enjoyable will take a certain amount of creativity.
Listen to this teaching as Pastor Vince Marino makes this teaching enjoyable with creativity. This teaching is entitled “Something different”.
Consider these portions in God's word.
Colossians 3:23-24 (AMP)
23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
John 16:22-24 (RSV)
22 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.
24 Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
If our joy is not full we need to ask the Father in Jesus name.
Nehemiah 8:10 (RSV)
“for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
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