“Embracing the responsibility to lead everyday people to new life and new possibilities.”
Genesis 1:27-28 – So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”
We were created for responsibility
We often associate responsibility with punishment.
In the perfection of the garden, God gave mankind responsibility. Nothing has changed.
Leading everyday people to new life and new possibilities is our responsibility. This mission is not a challenge. It isn’t a request. It’s our responsibility, and it belongs to us whether or not we choose to embrace it. We’ve decided to be a church who embraces this responsibility.
Embracing the Responsibility
1 Peter 2:3 – By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
This is the essence of new life. That we have come to know God, the one who called us to Himself by his glory and excellence. As God flips the script, He provides us with everything we need for living a godly life.
2 Peter 1:4 – And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
And here is the essence of new possibilities. These great and precious promises are what enable us to live out the unique lives we were created for.
2 Peter 1:5a – In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
IN VIEW OF THIS…
It’s important to recognize, again, that God is not in heaven just shouting out demands.
MAKE EVERY EFFORT…
In light of all that God has done, make every effort to respond.
You don’t have to — you get to!
God has done something on your behalf, and Peter is urging you to respond.
2 Peter 1:5b-8 – Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice that the culmination of Peter’s list ends with love for everyone.
The Apostle Paul said that if we sacrificed our bodies, gave all we had to the poor, understood all of God’s secret plans, but did not love we would be nothing.
New life and new possibilities are for you, but they are not just for you. New life and new possibilities are for your everyday people.
“THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE”
Like father, like son…
THE SCRIPT FLIPPER IS AT IT AGAIN!
Should we be surprised that the God who flipped our script and is rewriting our story would send us out to introduce our everyday people to the Script Flipper, Himself?
Understanding the Command
Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey my commands.”
Begs the question: What are the commands?
Matthew 28:18-20 – Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
In essence, this is our command. Our marching orders. Our responsibility.
Therefore, go. Go and make disciples.
Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
James 1:27 – Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
“That horrifying moment when you’re looking for an adult, but you realize you are an adult. So you look around for an older adult. An adultier adult. Someone better at adulting than you.”
It’s time to stop looking and embrace the fact that you are the “adult” in the room. You are the one your kids are looking to. You are the one who can influence your workplace for Christ. You are the one who can lead your school towards new life and new possibilities.
- Commit to leading your family well. This has to start in the home.
- Invest where God has placed you.
- Get involved.
- Radiate. Everyplace and every space, shine God’s light.
Romans 10:14-15 – But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Will you embrace the responsibility? Will you lead your everyday people to new life and new possibilities?