"You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours."
Who Is the Proud Owner? Hardworking, dependable, reliable. These words are used tirelessly on resumes, but often they are just filler words. What prospective employees are really trying to get across is that they can be counted on to carry the task through to the end, no matter what. Responsible – that's the word they're looking for! Sadly, people often avoid owning their responsibilities – either it's too great of a weight, or requires too much effort. They try to push their work on someone else, they find others to blame, or they simply don't show up for the task! Taking responsibility is all about owning the tasks, choices, and opportunities that have been given to us and seeing them through to the end. Jesus himself had responsibilities during his ministry on earth. His disciples shared the workload, but he ultimately owned the responsibility and outcome of his work. He even willingly accepted the responsibility of taking our place on the cross. Imagine the weight of that responsibility and where we would be had Jesus not taken responsibility for what only he could do. There are things in our families, our church and our community, that only we can do! When we avoid responsibility, we miss out on the blessing, and so do countless others.
Take a moment to think about the responsibilities you've been avoiding. Make an extra effort to be a proud owner of your responsibilities, and take them to the next level. Follow Jesus' example and decide now to put forth excellent effort, and do what only you can do!
Lord, thank you for the responsibilities you've given to me. I know they are important and I know that you have trusted me with them. Help me to own my responsibilities daily, and to follow your example in everything I do. In Jesus' name, Amen.