Up to the Work, the Standards, and the Heart

‘The habits of diligence, thoroughness, honor, and endurance you build will prove invaluable later. What matters is not where you worked or what you did but who you became in the process. As you do you job, remember faithfulness in little things prepares you for greater opportunity. Never settle for anything less than your best.’a

Know and Do Your Duty

‘Recognize how your job contributes to your organization’s goals and fits into the organizational structure’b

1 Corinthians 12: 21, 27:

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ and the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’… You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

In everything, we have a part to play; in God’s kingdom, our home, and our commitments’ area, whatever – we are needed. Who’s going to pray for their next community project? The bins require emptying thoroughly. Jesus wants a willing, humble heart, ready for any small task – what’s more though; he will assign us a job we are uniquely designed for.

Be Accountable

‘Work as though you are being watched. Inspect your own work according to the highest standards.’c

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:7.8

Throughout every moment of our day, the Lord is watching us; not for a millionth of a second will he turn his eyes from us.

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether slave or free” Ephesians 6:7, 8

The Lord is watching, and you never know if someone else is watching too, but regardless of our circumstances, we need to meet up to our own standards; what we expect of others, being honest with ourselves. When we’re faced with the question, ‘did I do my job to the best of my ability?’ we can look ourselves in the face knowing we have.

Honor your Word

‘Tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth’ – traditional

Know your boundaries. When you know you can’t keep up to what has come out of your mouth (meaning everything), change it.

Being a responsible person includes living completely up to your words (without being legalistic), and staying faithful to your commitments; if that’s not possible, showing accountability and accepting the consequences for the moves you make.

Oh God, Grant us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed, the courage to change what can be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Neibuhr

Make No Excuses

Another word for responsibility is faithfulness – when the going gets tough, the tough keep going! Carry on; finish every job.

Give it your Best

‘Reject the temptation to think in terms of ‘getting by’.’d

Genesis 39:2-4

“The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant… and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.”

Humbly coming into Potiphars home, Joseph worked his very best to live up to what was expected of him – if Potiphar expected so much of him, Joseph would do that much; and more; he lived up to others standards, and if he could do better, he did it better.

So make high your standards – you have a choice for everything you do; nothing anyone else tells you is ok can dictate how high you expect of your actions. Although making sure you completely complete your task to your authorities’ standards, continually choose to do the job – no matter how small – to your upmost abilities and standards; like Joseph, show what God wants you to show – your best.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

What do you expect from yourself?

What do your authorities expect of you?

What does God expect from you?

The little things are the foundations for the big things – Joseph started off as the lowest household servant, doing the littlest jobs, and ended up running Egypt – the second biggest job of the whole country! Although it’s someone else who gave you the responsibility, and it’s you who will choose to do everything the best to your capability, remember that all things come from the hand – and the heart – of God; he gives you the qualifications, he gives you the success, and he gives you the standards.

a, b, c, d -Experts taken from Responsibility Character First Bulletin

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