"Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord! Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.'
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Webster defines responsibility as “condition, quality, fact, or instance of being responsible; obligation, accountability, dependability, etc.” One of the primary character traits the Lord is looking for in Christians, along with faithfulness, is responsibility. In fact, it is difficult, if not impossible to be faithful apart from being responsible. Unfortunately, society has downplayed the importance of personal responsibility and parents have ascribed to the notion that their children are victims of other’s acts instead of perpetrators of their own sins. Scripture is full of accounts of people who chose to disobey and were punished accordingly. We can learn valuable lessons from these examples.
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No one would contest the fact that the children of Israel were an unruly, ungrateful, grumbling group of people. One can only imagine what it would have been like to be their leader.
Pastors, teachers, parents, husbands, fathers are all examples of people God has placed in authority. Let us never forget that with privilege comes responsibility, and should there be a failure, there should also be a punishment.
"...with privilege comes responsibility..." That is so true! Responsibility is a character trait we need to build into the lives of our children and also exhibit in our own lives. What methods have you found to build and exhibit the character trait of responsibility?
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Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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