Ephesians 5:15
What is your greatest ability?
What is your greatest responsibility?
"Responsibility is the greatest developer. It builds character. It helps you grow."
"Responsibility is the price of greatness."
We have a culture that desires to accuse and excuse.
1. The RIGHTS mentality.
  • Our culture says we have the Bill of Rights, but we need to renew the Bill of Responsibilities.
2. The VICTIM mentality.
  • We spell blame, b-lame.
3. The ENTITLEMENT mentality.
  • "I deserve it. The world owes me a living!"
  • "I'm not responsible for anything. It's not my fault."
  • "Why did God put me here?"
#1. Why should I live a responsible life?
  • 1.  Because God is watching me.
  • Hebrews 4:13 (NCV) "Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. Everything is open before Him, and to Him, we must explain the way we have lived."
  • Life is a test of responsibility.
  • Jesus says, "Take up your cross and follow Me" and "Deny yourself."
#2. What do I do and why am I here?
  • 1. To get to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.
  • "What did you do with what I gave you?"
  • Romans 14:12 (NLT) "Each of us will have to give a personal account to God."
  • 2. Because others are affected by my life.
  • Every decision you make affects someone else.
  • That’s why it’s irresponsible to say, “I can live any lifestyle I want.”
  • 3. I need to be responsible because God rewards it.
  • Deuteronomy 28:2 (NCV) "You will experience all God's blessings if you obey the Lord."
  • Matthew 25:29 (NLT) "To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given."
#3. How can I be a more responsible person?
  • 1. By saving money.
  • Proverbs 21:20 (LB) "The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets."
  • You live on less than you make.
  • "It's really simple. I give the first 10% as the tithe back to God. I save 10%, and I live on the other 80%."
  • Ecclesiastes 7:4 (NLT) "The fool thinks only about having a good time now."
  • 2. By controlling my reactions.
  • Proverbs 29:11 (GWT) "A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them."
  • Matthew 12:36 (NCV) "People will be responsible for every careless word they've said."
  • I need to put my mind in gear before I put my mouth in motion.
  • Romans 12:21 (NLT) “Don’t let evil get the best of you but conquer evil by doing good.”
  • “God, You take care of this situation.”
  • 3. By guarding my mind.
  • "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
  • When Satan gives you a thought, it's called temptation.
  • When God gives you a thought, it's called inspiration.
  • Proverbs 15:14 (NLT) “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.”
  • Some of your open minds need to be closed for repairs.
  • 4.  By admitting my mistakes.
  • Hosea 4:4 (NLT) "Don't point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame!"