Responsibility is defined as:
- the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.
- the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
- the opportunity or ability to act independently and take decisions without authorization.
Sounds…. pretty stressful.
Yet I want to suggest that responsibility is the ability to respond with, to and even through God.
This, though seemingly in it of itself, is actually a branch out of our relationship with God, not simply a character trait. Note that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is, definitely, most wise when we live our lives accountable to the One who created us and the universe.
This gives for much freedom, as it stems from a dynamic relationship with Him, who knows all things from the beginning to the end, from naming the stars to numbering the hairs on our heads.
He is far bigger than the various spacetime continuum, or the dire situation we might be in and yet, He wants to be with us in and through all of it, from school projects to healing crusades, and talking about various topics. He already knows us, yet He’s still so infinitely interested and in love with us and we only grow to know more about Him, His heart, His ways, His Truth (that’s found in the Word) and with that, looking more and more like Him. Face-to-face, every day. What can separate us from His love? Really. What?
And suddenly, responsibility’s not so… burdensome.
But we can still choose not to accept His love and live independently, taking upon ourselves these rules and expectations, living in stress and slowly turmoil, being completely exposed and probably even bounded to guilt, shame and condemnation and working even harder to hide all of that, stepping over others to try to get on top. Opinions. Judgments. Accusations. Lies.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil or, the tree of Life–and guess what, the mystery’s revealed, His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The way, the truth and the life. The centrepiece of all of creation.