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Responsibility by Chuck Ward.
We all have responsibilities, but do we make the connection that we have responsibilities because of the things that we have accepted. We can accept contracts, relationships and most of all beliefs. As Christians “we are ambassadors for Christ” and His appeal to call the world to be reconciled with Him (2 Corinthians 5:20). This reconciliation can only be constituted through prayer and obedience.
Prayer is the initiating step in which we start a relationship and express repentance and turn to God for strength and salvation. In Acts chapter 4 we see the disciples praying to God and receiving God’s strength to go and be ambassadors of Christ.
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
After they prayed they received the Holy Spirit and started to conduct themselves with boldness. This boldness reflects a foundation of responsibility we all should be aware of. Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak”. The Spirit of God builds up a desire for us to speak and act with boldness. The biggest measure of faith comes when we act through actions that reflect our faith.
- Who do you have to pray with?
The steps that we take to reflect our faith should show our obedience to Jesus, from the last words that he spoke to His disciples, which were “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The power we receive is not for our own benefit, but that we would be successful in our appeal for people to b reconciled with God. Our effort to do that should be through a desire to help others, give for God’s work to continue and to be a witness.
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