Messages from Young Adults

Lesson 8: ‘R’ is for Responsibility

responsibilityThis week we’re talking about responsibility. Roles and responsibilities really. After the fall-out with Korah and the gang, it became necessary for God to make more clear the roles for everyone. Numbers 18 and 19 explains how the Levites were responsible for the sanctuary and more specifically Aaron’s line was set apart for the priesthood. And lest we think this was a small thing, God made it clear that anyone else who approached the sanctuary would pretty much get laid out for doing so if they weren’t a Levite.

So here we are with all of this ceremonial stuff, and you’re thinking, what does that have to do with me?

Well, like I said, its all about roles and responsibilities. All of us have them. For the Levites it was the sanctuary. For you it might be the praise team, or the primary class, or your younger sibling. That’s your responsibility. You are accountable to someone for it, and it might not be the person you initially think it is. In fact, 1 Corinthians 10:31 pretty much clears up any confusion by telling us that whatever we do, we should do to the glory of God. So let us ask ourselves, are we doing all our responsibilities to the glory of God? Are we teaching that class or fixing that meal for someone else, or picking up that dry cleaning for our mother in a way that can bring God glory? Hmm.

And it doesn’t just stop there. Got a talent or two? That’s a responsibility too. What, you think you just got that to make yourself look good? No. Like the priesthood was a gift to Aaron’s family (Num 18:7) so your talents, skills, special abilities are gifts from God. And we have a responsibility to use them for good.

Seems a bit heavy doesn’t it – almost like a catch 22. So I have this voice, so good that Beyonce better watch out, but I have to use it for God’s service? Yes, but there’s no catch, because 1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us that our “…labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

So think about that as you go about whatever mundane thing you are asked to do this week. Is God being glorified in what I do? Talk about a new attitude!


  • roshan said:

    As the Bible calls us to be living sacrifices, I appreciate the thoughts presented here of viewing our talents as responsibilities. Another way of looking at it is that the talent(s) we are given are an opportunity for God to change someone’s life. I think the practical impact this brings is to change the focus from “My talent is My responsbility, how am I going to use it?” to “God has given me this talent so He could be glorified, how can I SURRENDER it for His use?”


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