Tag Archive: Responsibility


When Samuel came to Jesse to anoint the one to replace the failing King Saul, it was assumed that the father would know which of his sons was best qualified. He did not. Nor did Samuel. All Samuel knew was that he wasn’t getting the high-sign from God in his heart as he looked at Jesse’s boys. There is a lesson for us here.

Never assume anything about your children. Their wisdom can exceed our own; their faith almost certainly can exceed our own; their trust in our ability to answer the most obtuse questions possible is amazing. The one that you are sure will qualify for Harvard may choose to go to trade school and become a mechanic. The one you assume will be a mechanic may turn out to be an MIT graduate.

Watch your children without any assumptions except that they need your love, guidance, and trust. They need your faith that God will guide their feet and minds. Our job as parents is to show our love to them equally, guide them equally, treat them equally, trust them equally, and show our pride in them equally.

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Warts and All

WARTS AND ALL

One of the great things about God’s word is that it includes our whole history, warts and all. There’s Peter’s denial of ever knowing Jesus, Peter and Paul’s argument over the inclusion of Gentiles into Christian fellowship, and there are the Old Testament patriarchs of the faith.

As we look at Abraham, his faith in following God to the unknown, his compassion for even Sodom, his willingness to sacrifice his only son on a deadly altar, it is easy to come to the conclusion that Abraham had a faith that we could never have. Even God could not encourage us to a point in our faith that we could be like Abraham. However, Abraham was as warty as any of us.

For instance, Abraham one time lived near a powerful king named Abimelech. Without asking God, Abraham announced to the world that Sarah was his sister, because he did not want to be killed by Abimelech for possession of his wife–for the king could not take another man’s wife. God had to step in and save Sarah through a dream He sent to Abimelech. The king was not happy.

Another error of judgment came when God was too slow, in the eyes of Sarah and Abraham, in sending her a son. At Sarah’t request, Abraham took Hagar (Sarah’s slave) and had a son, Ishmael, by her. That resulted in all sorts of dysfunctional family problems for years! Again, Abraham had followed his own wisdom instead of seeking God’s advice.

Why bring up the warts? None of us wants to brag about the goof-ups we have committed. I bring up what I call Abraham’s warts because they demonstrate that God does not choose us because of our goodness. None of us is good enough for God to choose; none of us has a perfect faith–not even Abraham. We struggle with doubt and mis-steps just like Abraham. Our faith, given to us by God to exercise, shines one day and struggles the next. We are loved and chosen by God just because He wants to do it. He loves us and chooses us, warts and all.

sue wilson

Building a Community of Character: Responsibility

We are starting on the third pillar of Character Counts: Responsibility.

Jesus knew why he came and He knew the difficulty of what He had to do. His heart is troubled, but He has a responsibility to the whole world and he will not walk away from this. He would not walk away when the devil tempted Him at the beginning of His ministry and He will not walk away now. We are called upon to take responsibility both in what we are supposed to do and when we make mistakes. Follow through on what you say you will do and own up to the things you fail to do.

Read the Scripture passages that will be read this weekend in worship. What does God’s Word say about responsibility? Please leave your comments here or on our Facebook page.

John 12:23-33                              I John 1:5-10

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