Accepting and carrying out personal responsibilities can be quite daunting in the world that shifts blame on others. Thankfully, Christians don’t need to play the same game as the world does but we can renew our minds by tapping into the word of God as a source of help needed to work out own salvation and obey God with deep reverence and fear (Philippians 2:12). When you migrate from one country to another, you quickly learn about codes of conduct for that country and what your responsibilities are in order to be a good citizen. The same rule applies to the kingdom of God. Christians have personal responsibilities to accept and carry out for personal spiritual growth and for the advancement of the kingdom of God.
Jesus laid a perfect example of taking personal responsibility. When at Capernaum with his disciples and the taxman asked Peter if Jesus paid taxes at all, Jesus simply told Peter to pay the taxman (Matthew 17:24-27). Christians are meant to follow in his footsteps. The first responsibility of a Christian is to love the Lord with all your heart and all your might and the second is love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). Others like it for the advancement of the kingdom are; be a good citizen and submit to the authorities (Romans 13:1), be ready for every good work (Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 2:10), be at peace with all men (Romans 12:18), be careful of what you say to others (Proverbs 13:3, 1 Peter 2:1), be gentle and kind to others (Titus 1:1-2).
When you move from one role to another in a workplace, you are bound with new sets of rules and responsibilities. Since you are no longer in the world and you have become one of the sons of God (Romans 8:16), you must carry out these duties and responsibilities for your personal growth and development in the Christian kingdom.
- Study the Bible regularly (Acts 17:11; Psa. 1:2; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16,17)
- Pray frequently (Phil. 4:6, 1 Pet. 5:7, Matt. 6:9-13, 1 Thess. 5:17)
- Fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 1:7, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19)
- Connect with other believers in a church (Acts 9:26-28, Acts 9:26-28)
- Build and maintain good relationship with others (Proverbs 13:20, Hebrews 10:24-25, 2 Corinthians 6:14)
- Share the message of Christ with others (Mark 16:15-16, Matthew 4:19-20)
Though these Christian obligations can be quite daunting living in the world laden with distractions, be assured that help is at hand. God will enable and strengthen you through his word when you say out loud the following Bible declarations so that you are able to cope well, receive the spiritual help needed and be well grounded in your Christian duties.
Make a Declaration of Faith
- I declare that henceforth my life will please God. I will live life in the spirit as this is a manner that pleases God for God is spirit and those who worship God must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) and I know that my reward is everlasting life in the spirit (Galatians 6:8).
- Since I have decided to believe and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, today I give up childish ways. I will no longer speak like a child, think like a child or reason like a child but I will continually renew my mind in the word of God in order that my speech, thought processes and reasoning might be aligned with that of Christ Jesus and I know that God will enable me to accomplish his plans (1 Corinthians 13:11).
- Today I put away all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander along with all malice. I will be kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving others, as God in Christ forgave me(Ephesians 4:29-32). No corrupt talk will come out of my mouth henceforth, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And I will not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom I was sealed for the day of redemption.
- I declare that by the grace of God bestowed upon me, I will endeavour to love the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength, and with all my mind, I will love my neighbor as I love myself as this is expected of me as a child of God through Christ Jesus (Luke 10:27).
- Henceforth, I will work diligently in my calling as unto God not unto men (Colossians 3:23). I will make every effort to add to my faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love so that I might increase, be effective and productive in the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ who cleansed me from my past sins (2 Peter 1:5-10)
- I declare that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and with his strength bestowed upon me I will continually obey God’s commands and do the right thing at all times (Proverbs 6:20, James 4:17)
- I will not take matters into my own hands in taking revenge but I will leave wrongs done to me to God who is the judge of all and I know he will repay me at the appropriate time (Romans 12:19)
- I declare I am an ambassador for Christ, reconciled to God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). I acknowledge and submit to God in my Christian journey and he will direct my path (Proverbs 3:6).