You are only responsible for what God gives you. May seem obvious, but some of us myself very much included have a tendency to take on responsibilities the Lord has NOT given us. This is wrong, and this needs to change. For we are to turn from our sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, believe in His death and resurrection, turn to God and His ways, and love and OBEY Him. Taking on responsibilities the Lord does not assign us is disobedience not obedience! When we are tempted to take on what He doesn’t give us, we need to say no. When we have already taken on what He didn’t give us, we need to repent and seek, hear, and obey Him as to how to proceed.
So why do some of us do this? Here are some reasons why. Because we have huge hearts and want to help anyone and everyone. Because we are afraid something won’t get done if we don’t do it. Because we pridefully think we are best at something and/or that we know best. Because we are judging others and believing they can’t do what they are called to do so we jump in and try to do it ourselves. Because we are wrongfully trying to prove ourselves to God and to measure up to Him and to earn our way to His love, forgiveness, and everlasting life with Him which is impossible because everlasting life comes through Jesus’ death and resurrection and can only be received through repentance, faith, and a genuine turning to the Lord and a genuine commitment to Him and His ways. Because we’re so excited about serving the Lord that we take on more, more, more. Because we have trouble being still and dive into anything and everything. Because we love the praise of people. Oh, the reasons can go on and on.
Regardless of the reasons, here is the reality and truth. We need to seek and follow the Lord in everything, repent when we disobey Him, and in love for and obedience to Him learn to be faithful in what He gives us to do and resist the temptation to take on what He does not give us to do.
Note in these verses below the Lord makes clear His followers are all part of one Body of Christ whereby we each have responsibilities and He gives us what we need to do what He gives us to do.
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:3-8