Human responsibility in light of moral universal the will of God:
Our responsibility is in our relation to the moral universal law is simple. We must know it and obey it explicitly. James 1:22 says “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” What God has clearly revealed in His word, we should carefully obey! There are no exceptions.
Our responsibility in light of God’s sovereign will:
Our responsibility is to prepare ourselves fully for what God has promised He will do, and to trust God to accomplish what He says He will do. There are three major events that God has clearly revealed will take place, no matter how we prepare. Revelation 20:12 warns every man who has not placed his faith in Christ about the coming Great White Throne judgment. John writes: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” The responsibility of the unbeliever in light of God’s sovereign decree is to prepare himself for judgment day. He may choose to reject the gospel message and face eternal damnation, or humbly embrace the gospel and be eternally saved. God says believe it will happen, and prepare yourself accordingly. II Corinthians 5:9-11 says: “Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;” While the context is different, the warning is the same. Prepare yourself to stand before God. Paul says that every believer must be faithful in His Christian life. Eternal damnation is not at stake, but there is tremendous eternal gain or loss in the balances. God will judge believers with perfect justice, so they must believe the message and diligently prepare for the Judgment Seat of Christ. Luke 12:31 says, “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” God is ruling as Sovereign today, yet His administration will change in the future. He has clearly promised that He will physically rule in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ on the earth. We will be a part of this glorious Kingdom; however. The degree of glory which we will experience in it is dependent upon our faithfulness today. If we are faithful, we will reign with Him. What a glorious thought! Revelation 3:26-27 says, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron;” We must prepare ourselves fully for what God has promised He will do, and we must trust God to do right in what He has chosen not to reveal, but will do.
Our responsibility in light of God’s personal will:
Our responsibility is to trust God to accomplish His unique, personal desires for our lives as we walk wisely in obedience to what He has clearly revealed in His word. Our responsibility is not to seek it, wait for it, discover it, or hope for it. We need to obey God with what He has revealed, trust God to do what we cannot do, and to accomplish what He will not reveal. I plan to summarize our responsibility as practically as possible in our next section, “Thoughts on decision making.”