That can be a cuss word to some. For whatever reason, some people can’t stand the idea of being held responsible for the things they do… or don’t do. But without accountability, responsibility is easily avoided. And without responsibility, it’s hard to be rewarded.
What has God entrusted to you that you need to be responsible with? Your time? Your gifts? Your money? What about your freedom? Mishandling the responsibility of our freedom can be summed up in one word: sin.
As we see in Matthew 25:14-30, God loves to reward responsibility with a shout out; with words of encouragement; with a compliment. Yet He corrects sin. He wants there to be a change in us that will ultimately lead to a shout out from Him.
What does a shout out from God look like? It looks like positive recognition. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It looks like increased responsibility. “You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” It looks like genuine rejoicing. “Enter into the joy of your master.” It looks like compliments, promotion, and celebration.
Do you know how to recognize when God is complimenting, promoting, and celebrating you? Do you know how to recognize when God is correcting you? Ask Him to show you where in your life He’s rewarding you and where He’s bringing correction. Where there’s reward, be responsible. Where there’s correction, be responsible. God uses both scenarios to help us grow and bear fruit.
Who is there in your world who could benefit from a shout out from you? Who could you celebrate this week? There are so many ways in which we can encourage those around us. Let’s be generous with our compliments and deliver the WOW factor where we can. Let’s be the voice of God as we show others how much we appreciate them.