Why Do I Have to Be Responsible? (3 Really Good Reasons)
We all know that we should be responsbile, but why? Taking responsibility for the decisions we make sounds like a no-brainer, but then why do so many of us go through life making irresponsible decions? Why do we waste our time and our talents? Why are we passive? Why do we make dumb decisions when we know we should be responsible?
I think that we need to know the why behind responsibilty for it to matter, for it to become real to us.
"Why should I live a responsible life?" Here’s three really good reasons:
1. BECAUSE GOD IS WATCHING ME.
The Bible says this in the book of Hebrews,
Heb 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
God sees it all. If you don't get anything else today, get this:
Life is a test of responsibility.
What's going on in this 50-100 years that we live here on earth? This is the warm up for eternity. This is the dress rehearsal.
God put us on this earth primarily for two reasons: one, to get to know Him personally through His son Jesus Christ, and two, to develop character. To become more like God is in character, to develop the values and the responsibility behind all of that.
Why is God interested in our character? God couldn't care less about our achievements. What he's interested in is our character. Why? Because it's the only thing we're going to take with us when we die. We're not taking anything else. We didn't come into this world with anything. When we die you're going to die and leave it all behind.
God is evaluating, “Are we responsible?” And the Bible says that in eternity we will be rewarded according to our responsibility and our relationship to Christ here on earth. Once we've settled the issue, "I know God and I know His Son, Christ, and I am a follower," then the issue becomes, "What did we do with what God gave us?" God has made an investment in us when He created us. He gave us talents, abilities. He let us live in this particular time in history. He put us in the United States. He's given us certain opportunities. These are all things He's given us. He expects a return on His investment. Notice what the Bible says,
Rom 14:12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
One day God is going to do an audit on us. Not on our finances but God's going to do an audit on our life. He's going to say, "What did you do with what I gave you? Were you responsible? Did you use your time, your money, your influence, your mind? Did you use your relationships, your opportunities and all of the things I gave you?" That's reason enough if there were no other reason for being responsible, it's the fact that one day I am going to be accountable to God for how responsible I lived my life.
But there are two other reasons we need to live a responsible life.
2. BECAUSE OTHERS ARE AFFECTED BY MY LIFE.
We're not independent or dependent but interdependent on each other. 1 Corinthians tells us,
1 Cor 10:24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
The basic idea most people live by is, “I live my life the way I want to and what's it to you? If it doesn't hurt you or you don't know about it, who cares?” The problem is, that is wrong. Every decision we make affects somebody else -- even the secret ones.
When somebody in your family has a problem it's not their problem; it's the family's problem. It influences everybody in the family. Whether the kid's on drugs or the dad's under stress, it affects everybody in the family. There is no such thing as a non-affecting decision. The choices we make influences our friends. Our choices influence the people in our neighborhood. Our choices influence society at large in major and minor ways. We are all inter-connected because we're on this planet together.
We need to be responsible because God is watching and because other people are affected. There's a third reason, a positive point.
3. I NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE GOD REWARDS IT.
And boy, does He reward it!
Deuteronomy 28:2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:
God says, “You will not believe what I will pour out on your life if you will live responsibly with your time, with your money, with your relationships -- every area of your life. I will bless you in ways you cannot even imagine.” One of the ways God rewards us when we are responsible is He gives us greater responsibility.
Matt 25:29 (Jesus) “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.”
If we use our influence well, we become more influential. If we use our possessions well, God will provide more of them. Why should God give us more money when we're not responsible with the finances we've got right now? But on the other hand, if we will be responsible he says, “I will bless your socks off in a way you can't imagine.” If that's the case, how do I become a more responsible person?
There's an entire book of the Bible written about how to live a responsible life. It's called the book of Proverbs. Proverbs has 31 chapters in it. That means if you read one chapter a day, you'd read through the book once a month. This is the book that teaches us how to live. It teaches us things like how do you build strong relationships. It talks about how to handle wealth. It talks about how to build a business. It talks about how to get along with other people. How to save your marriage. It talks about parenting. It talks about what to do when you fail, what to do when you succeed. It's an amazing storehouse of God's wisdom. You have to go to Proverbs when you're look at responsible living.