What do you see as your greatest responsibility?
Dr. Bob Lowman, Executive Director, MBA
We have celebrated a new year’s beginning – it provides so many opportunities for each of us. As we concentrate on Kingdom Focus in 2020, we will be exploring those opportunities, and how we need to respond to them as followers of Jesus.
In the year 2020, what do you see as your greatest responsibility? Where do you have a God given assignment in the days ahead? Open your eyes and look. What do you see?
There are so very many needs all around us in a city and county like Charlotte-Mecklenburg. With over 1.2 million people living with us here, you don’t have to look very far to see some of the ways God wants to use you to make a difference. He has us here on purpose – for His purpose.
In these articles twice each month, we will be exploring specific areas of responsibility that we as Christians and churches have in our neighborhoods and beyond. This article encourages you to start looking more intently at the needs around you, with the request that you take time as you read to prayerfully consider how God is mobilizing you to be on mission right here this year.
It may be a neighbor that you’ve lived near for years and you still don’t know their name. It may be a school that you pass every day that is desperately looking for someone to volunteer to help students in need. It may be a coworker or friend that you know you need to share Jesus with, but you just haven’t.
It may be a church that you left to go to another one. What if God’s assignment for you in your former church was not yet completed? As a friend wisely told me years ago, we have no business even considering leaving a church until God has released us from His call to be part of that congregation. The needs around us in our communities and in our churches are significant.
If Jesus is Lord, and He is, then He deserves our full trust and surrendered obedience. He said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Luke 10:2). It was true then. It is true today. It is time for the workers to report for duty. It is time for us to see following Jesus as our greatest responsibility.
Join me in starting the year 2020 with a fresh readiness to do what Jesus has taught us to do, to be His representatives, His workers, His witnesses to our neighbors and the nations.
If we as followers of Jesus honestly answer this question about our responsibility now, it may be the way the Holy Spirit will mobilize us for the most significant Kingdom efforts imaginable in the year 2020. What might God do if more of us acted on our responsibilities in the days ahead?