Responsibility is something that we want everyone to have’ we begin teaching responsibility to our children at an early age. Even at 3, 4, 5 years old we give children the responsibility of cleaning their room, making their bed, choosing their clothes. As they get older we give them more responsibility; take out the trash, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom. These are all personal responsibilities, we also learn about our responsibility to others as we get older.
When we’re really young our responsibility is to play well with others; share our toys, don’t hit people, don’t say bad words. When we get into our teenage years they grow even more, be a good driver, don’t take advantage of others, respect the law, and many more. As an adult our responsibilities to others can often times seem overwhelming; care for our parents, raise children, help those in need, such as refugees, and more.
All of these responsibilities are important they help us reach out to those around us and share the love of God. In chapter 6 of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lucy also feels a responsibility to someone. Mr. Tumnus, the Faun who befriended her, has been arrested by the white witch because he helped and became friends with Lucy. Because Lucy feels responsible, she and the rest of her siblings decide they they must try and help Mr. Tumnus in some way and so they begin their Adventure in Narnia.
The idea of of responsibility to others is the one we are exploring today. Lucy felt guilty because she had gotten Mr. Tumnus in trouble. As followers of Christ the Bible tells us that we are responsible to help others when we can even if we didn’t get them into whatever trouble their facing. (Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”)
So when we look around our world and the situation we’re in, we should look for those who need some help and do what we can to support them. We might only be able to encourage them and nothing else, but that shouldn’t stop us from helping. When we do this we share God’s love in the world and we preach the gospel through our actions.
Talk about a few of the questions below as you read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe together.
- What are some responsibilities you have right now?
- Are your responsibilities fair?
- Have you ever helped someone who was in trouble? What was that like?
- Who can you help out this week?