Responsibility: Respond with Ability

Responsibility is dictionary defined as something you must do as part of your job or duty. In fact, it is something you ought to do because it is morally, socially and I must add divinely right.

The Message Bible version of Galatians 6:5Galatians 6:5
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5 For every man shall bear his own burden.  

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, says Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

cultivateResponsibility comes in different forms to different people but remains the doorway to fulfilment in life. Without responsibility roles, functionality and purpose for titles or position wouldn’t be properly defined.

From our last definition we can see that responsibilities could be
A. Moral Entity:meaning, it is solution minded and fixing problems bestowed on you by nature or circumstances. It could be gender selective, positional or by an accident of birth as sometimes say. An example of responsibility coming on someone by circumstance is found in the book of Esther 4:14Esther 4:14
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14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? enlargement: Heb. respiration  

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which the Message bible …quotes as saying.

If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”

Wherever you find yourself, moral responsibility demands that you take a positive stand to assigning yourself a duty to bring change and never wait to be told or even thanked.

Secondly, responsibility is a Social Entity: meaning, it is about adding value to our immediate communities and neighbourhood with the intent of not only deliberately meeting emotional needs but giving others a sense of belonging.

A classical case is recorded in Acts 4:34-35Acts 4:34-35
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34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.  

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[NIV], There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

Finally, responsibility is… A Divine Entity which bestows on man the “Genesis 1:26Genesis 1:26
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26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  

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Mandate” of having dominion over all creation and the earth. … by keeping and tending the earth as ordained by God.

Responsibility therefore differentiates producers from consumers and leaders from slaves. It empowers all in cultivating and guarding creation in whatever sphere of influence we may find ourselves.

Responsibility transforms bad to good, corruption into integrity and through it poverty becomes an open door to wealth. Beggarly nations have become great economies by being responsibility to its citizens and vice versa. Citizens in turn imbibe this as a culture and reciprocate by building every sector of the economy and life.

Nehemiah and the remnant of Israel rebuilt a 140 years broken down city wall in record 52 days by taking responsibility. This feat was achieved by common men as families or those in common vocations taking the responsibility of rebuilding just the portions of the wall right in front of their homes.

Wise people who follow people who are responsible make progress in their chosen field of endeavour just as wise societies and developing nations who maintain close ties with responsible first world nations for strategic, sustainable success also do.
Responsibility comes from two words “Response” and “Ability”. In my view these words confer on us a positive attitude we must imbibe and a skill or grace we must develop.

The positive attitude here is “the dogged desire to operate positively in ones abilities, gifts and skills to deliver or add value as we respond to challenges in our life, communities and generation”.

This attitude also triggers sacrifice and makes one add value per time whatever the issues are or the challenges. The fact remains that responsibility comes with a price and only those ready to pay it enjoy its benefit.

And what is that price? It is the fact that responsibility is never really GIVEN to anyone, it is for the TAKING.
Genesis 1:1-2Genesis 1:1-2
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The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  

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God created the sky and the earth. At first, 2 the earth was completely empty. There was nothing on the earth. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit moved over the water
This may sound strange to you at face value but take some time to think about this. What do you see? God taking the responsibility of not allowing a chaotic situation prevail. He didn’t ignore it but went ahead and fixed the situation.
If we are creations of God, made in His image and likeness or form, wisdom demands that we be like Him. We were created solution providers and called to fix problems and not ignore them.
See this…Titus 1:5Titus 1:5
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5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: wanting: or, left undone  

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[AMP], For this reason I left you [behind] in Crete, that you might set right what was defective and finish what was left undone, and that you might appoint elders and set them over the churches (assemblies) in every city as I directed you.

NOW Judge this… Who is responsible?
An elected office holders who fails to perform at his/her duties and a young citizen who sets up an NGO to add value,

A father who opts absentee parenthood side by side a couple who opt for adoption even after having their own children,

A student who cheats in exams and another who burns the mid-night oil to accomplish his/her dream of becoming a professional to add value to his/her community

Every assignment, positions weather at home, school, office, relationship and more come with responsibility but it is left with you and I to “Take Responsibility”.

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