Responsibility resources us to move forward.
We have reduced following Jesus down to maintaining our sin levels and showing up to a building each week to sing some songs and listen to someone teach the Bible to us. Ask someone how do you know if you are a Christian? You might hear: I try not to sin, I’ve been baptized, I read the Bible, I go to church, and I hope you might hear that I knew I was a sinner and separated from God. I prayed, for Jesus to lead my life and everyday I am living as He is leading me.
Confessing Jesus is your Lord in your heart and with your mouth is not the end but the start. I have been guilty of the kind of Christian James describes in the passage below. One who says, I have faith but I’m not willing to put in the work. One who is so busy running through life that I don’t stop to fulfill my responsibility to the mission Jesus has for us. I can tell you all day about my faith but wouldn’t you rather see proof. No one wants to hear about your faith. They want to see your faith. Get out and do work!
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.[f] Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? -James 2:14-20