“Responsibility”

Suppose you are chosen to head up a project at work, school or in your community.  After saying (like Moses and Gideon) Not me. Or why me? What questions and what actions should you take to become a responsible leader?

#   Form a team of dependable lieutenants to delegate work to other helpers.

#   Ask where and when this task will take place?

#   Ask what resources will be needed?

#   Ask what the goal of this action is and what the time line is?

#   Determine the tasks of each participant.

#   What will be my budget?

#   Have an end game and a way to evaluate the outcome.

#   Prepare for frustration or reward depending upon many factors.

Let’s review how two great leaders from the Bible used many of the same tactics, albeit with Divine guidance.  Moses, at the suggestion of his father-in-law, Jethro, chose judges to help him with routine matters so that he could handle the difficult issues (Ex 3:10) (Ex 18:12-27).  Moses knew his ultimate task was to lead 2 million or so of God’s people to the promised land.  He finally saw the land from the top of Mount Nebo but wasn’t allowed to enter (De 34:1-6).  At God’s command Moses designated the roles of those who were to build and maintain the tabernacle (Ex 39:32).  The resources in the form of manna and quail were provided daily by God (Ex 16) (Nu 11:31-33).

Jesus Christ was the greatest leader and most responsible person who ever lived.  He knew His Divinity (Jo 17:5) and His role before the creation of the world (Jo 13:3) (Jo 17:24).  He used His heavenly powers to do good (Jo 6:70) (Mk 6:7-13) and empowered His disciples to do the same (Mt 1:21) (Lk 10:1-17).  His ultimate goal was the saving of souls (Lk 19:10) (Jo 12:47).  To spread the gospel down through the ages until today, He commanded a policy of continued teaching (2 Ti 2:2).  He accomplished His goals of conquering sin, death, and Satan by His death, burial, and resurrection.

We also are to take on the good and responsible tasks that Jesus has designed for us (2 Cor 9:8) (Gal 6:10) (Tit 2:7).  We have the power (Eph 3:16) to accomplish his works.  In fact, we have many resources that the first Christians didn’t have—instant communication, fast transportation and many other innovations. People still need the same thing today that they have always needed—a responsible, loving servant of Christ to teach them of His commands  (Acts 2:38) (Acts 22:16).

–Jim Bailey