“But he…but she…well, if you hadn’t….!” “But I was tired… but I was busy…but I was so SO hungry!” Usually it feels easier to blame our circumstances or to blame other people than to accept responsibility for our own actions. With God’s help, as we continue to abide with Him, we can make responsible choices with what we do. However, none of us are perfect so even when we don’t make the right choice, we can still take responsibility for our actions. One of the ways we can be do this is to ask for forgiveness when something that we think, say or do does not honor God.
RESPONSIBILITY: Following Through With What God Has Called Me To Do
MEMORY VERSE: “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." GALATIANS 6:4-5 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: I Can Be Responsible With My Actions
King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king! As he grew, the Bible tells us that he “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” (2 Kings 22:2) During his reign, the Book of the Law was found and when King Josiah heard what was written in it, he tore his clothes and mourned the sin of his people. He realized that they had all been disobedient and not responsible with their actions. Josiah didn’t just hear God’s Word; he obeyed it. He burned down idols and tore down temples. He read the Book of the Law to the people, and they celebrated Passover and other holidays to honor God.
- When was the last time you tried to not take responsibility for your actions? What happened?
- Does God care more about what you do or about your heart and why you do it? Why do you think that? How can God change your heart so you’ll want to be responsible with your actions?
- If you were a king like Josiah, what kind of king or queen would you be? What would you do Why?
- Even though you’re not a king or queen, how can your life be an example of responsibility to others?
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Teacher: Actions Have Consequences
At the dinner table this week, ask your family why a police officer would give someone a ticket. Likely answers are: speeding, running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign. Then, ask them why their teachers would give a student a detention. Likely answers are: talking in class, being late or being disrespectful. After they have answered, point out to your family that all of those things are actions, they are things people chose to do. Explain to them that being responsible with our actions is highly important, because our actions have consequences, both good and bad!
Friend: Actions Start in the Mind & Heart
As you are driving with your family ask them that if you simply THOUGHT about driving the car would it be enough to drive the car? The answer is an obvious no, because you would actually need to take action by physically getting in the car and driving it! Then ask them if you could drive the car WITHOUT thinking about it? The answer is still no, because even though you are physically capable it requires thought to drive a car. Explain to them how being responsible with our actions starts in our mind and our heart and how that translates into the things we actually do.
Counselor: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Our actions say a lot about who we are and what we believe. As you are putting your family to bed, discuss how actions are the best way to tell what is in our hearts. It is easy to say we believe in something, but it is a whole other thing to take action on our beliefs. Being responsible with our actions directly shows whether we truly believe what we say we do. Ask your family and yourself how well your actions are reflecting your beliefs.
Coach: I Can Be Responsible With My Words
As you are getting your kids ready for the day, Read Colossians 3:17 together.
"Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." COLOSSIANS 3:17
Then pray for your hearts to be fully surrendered to God and that everything you do will be for God and His glory!
Thank God for giving us His Word a way to be freed from the punishment we earn thru sin. Ask God to work in the hearts of you & your small group so your actions would reflect Christ to the world.
Next week we will continue the month of October with the Godly characteristic of RESPONSIBILITY. We will learn that we can be responsible to keep our commitments.
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