Responsibility and Privilege

Romans 1:20 (NIV®)     

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

I have often been asked how God can hold people in the far reaches of the world accountable for responding to a gospel they have never heard. People say, “What about the people who don’t have a Bible, or never get to attend a church, or live where Christianity is illegal?” This verse says that from the beginning of creation, God has given every human being a personal revelation of Himself and an opportunity to respond to Him. We will be judged according to that response, but that judgment is going to take into account our opportunities. We are in a nation where we have the freedom to worship how we choose and to learn from Christian resources of all kinds. That is a tremendous privilege, and it comes with tremendous responsibility to all the people who haven’t believed yet. So the focus of our lives shouldn’t be fear for those in places where the opportunities seem less, it should be intentionality about maximizing the opportunities presented to us.


The Bible says that to whom much is given, much is required. How are you responding to the invitations God has placed before you?


Heavenly Father, I humble myself before You today to acknowledge You as the Creator of all things. You have allowed me to live in freedom to worship and praise You in a country with many privileges. Please help me to fulfill the call You have given, and give me the wisdom to maintain what You have entrusted to me. You are my Rock and my Redeemer. May Your name be exalted and all who oppose You stumble. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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