Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shared Responsibility

We tend to be a people of extremes. Even as ministers and missionaries we do the same. At times we wait on God to do things that are our responsibility and at other times we try to control things that are His. This will only leave us with failure, worry, and bitterness towards God. Scripture gives a clear picture of the Christian life that can be lived in relation with God. This is where we are enabled to do that which is our responsibility, while resting in God to manage those areas that only He can do. This begins to return the freedom, remove the burden, and grow the faith that each of us needs as we live a truly meaningful life with Christ.

Some people claim responsibility for things that only God is responsible for and find themselves carrying the “weight of the world” on their shoulders. They are destined for failure and frustration since they have chosen to accept an assignment that only God is qualified to accomplish. Whether it be because of an enlargened sense of compassion or importance they take things into their own “hands” seeking a desired outcome. Do they not believe that God is trustworthy, that His plans are right, and that He is powerful enough to bring about His will? Can God really keep His promises?

Others take too little responsibility and sit and wait for God to work in their lives and in their ministries. Often times they will watch and pray . . . and wait . . . for God to do something that they are responsible for. They grow frustrated with God when He is not doing what they want but don't realize that there is a role He invites them to play.

This is a partnership. It’s always been this way since the beginning of time. This is how God works in the lives of His people all throughout scriptures.  David had to throw the stone but God brought the victory over Goliath.   “Get up and walk” and healing came. Confess your sins one to another and a time of healing will come. Esther entered the throne room uninvited and God delivered His people.

It is the same with relationships, finances, ministry, future. There is a balance between trust and obey. Our part and God's part. 

The Christian life is based on our FAITH. Forsaking All I Trust Him. It is a faith that trusts God’s provision, but also trusts God’s instructions. As we truly trust Him it will drive our life to obedient action. James 2:14-19 says,  “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. “
 As we trust in God's provision and guidance may we experience a Christian life that balances utter dependence on God as we give our all for His purposes.

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