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Over the past few weeks, I have been teaching my boys about responsibilities. We are slowly incorporating different chores into their day, such as making the bed, loading the laundry, wiping the table, etc. Some days they dread these chores. But other days they are eager to do it, and they will do additional chores for no rewards.
As I watch my boys complete these easy tasks, I think about what my own responsibilities are as a mother. Cleaning, cooking, doing 10 loads of laundry, chauffeuring back and forth to school, and soccer practice, are all part of motherhood. And some days I too dread my responsibilities, and other days I find myself full of joy that I am given the privilege to have these responsibilities.
You may have another role besides being a mother; you may be a daughter, a college student, a wife, or a youth minister. Whatever your role is, if you call yourself Christian the Bible clearly tells us we all have the same Christian Responsibilities.
What are these responsibilities and how can we faithfully pursue them, without dreading the fact?
Here are six very important ones, and if you have more in mind, please leave a comment below!
1) You are called to preach the gospel.
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
A youth counselor once told me, “Knowing Jesus is like having the cure for cancer, what good is it if we keep it to ourselves?” This should be our number one responsibility, How much have you shared the gospel in the recent past? Have you reached out to your coworkers, your closest friend, or to the mailman? We don’t necessarily have to go to India or Africa to pursue this responsibility. Sharing the Gospel should be directed to ALL men and women, which includes your next door neighbor.
2) You are to be the salt and light of the world.
Mathew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
People are always watching us. They may not go inside a church, or read a Bible, or hear a Sunday sermon, or listen to Christian music. But, you may be the ONE person they see who reflects Jesus. You may be the only Bible others may be reading. So let your life reflect Christ. Strive to be that beacon of light that will guide people to Him.
3) You are to help a sinner come back to the right path and bear one another’s burden.
Galatians 6:1-3 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
This is something I see done LEAST often. We are all easy to condemn, criticize, and shun the sinner. But the word of God says to gently and humbly help restore the sinner, and guide them back to the Lord.
4) You are to teach and train up your children in the way of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Commit yourself wholeheartedly to lead your children to the Lord. If you are not a mother then, you must be an aunt, a godmother, or even a Sunday school teacher. When you teach them young, the truth will not depart from them when they are old.
5) You are to care for the orphans and widows
James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
This verse really touches me, because in my home church we have many widows. My heart aches for them, as many were made widows at a young age. So what can we do? We can offer our companionship to them, we can visit their homes, sit with them and have tea!
If God gives you an opportunity to visit the orphans, then take up that opportunity. Since I have not been able to do it myself, I financially support orphanages in various countries.
6) You are to give from what you have.
Luke 3:11 He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
James 2: 15-16 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
This responsibility is the easiest one to complete. Visit a homeless shelter, donate to a food pantry, or give away a warm winter coat. This is wonderful responsibility you can do as a family, church, and community.Are you faithfully pursuing your #Christian Responsibilities? Click To Tweet
Have you been faithfully pursuing all these responsibilities? Can you think of any others? Read over them again, Pray to the Lord for guidance in the areas where you don’t feel comfortable fulfilling these “chores.” Be intentional with the time the Lord has given you to complete these responsibilities. Remember you are doing it not only for a reward, but so many people can come to know the Lord through you as their personal Savior.
I would love for you to share your thoughts on this topic! Please leave a comment below, so we may grow and learn together!