Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28.18-20
Everything we do has consequences. Everything we do affects someone else. Everything we do can change the world for better – or for worse. Jesus said that we should go and take his message so that the world becomes a better place, a place filled with love, a place where all are equal and where all respect each other even when we are very different. A place where forgiveness beats getting even every time.
We have the responsibility to understand that our words and actions change the world around us, and the choice to make sure that that change is always for the better.
Stories about Responsibility
Jesus sends out lots of people to tell the good news (Luke 10.1-20)
Jesus asked lots of his followers to go and tell people about God’s love. They did – and when they came back, they were all amazed at how words and actions of love did so much good.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10.25-37)
Jesus reminded people that doing God’s will was every bit as important as talking about it – and surprising people could be part of this. If good people don’t do good – there’s a consequence; and if the people you don’t expect do help out – that too can make a difference.
The Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Luke 11.5-10)
A friend arrives late at night, and no-one wants to answer the door. The friend is cold and lonely. But she keeps knocking at the door – and eventually you get up and let her in, and she brings amazing gifts that make everyone happy.