Luke 9:12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

Two things that go together are responsibility and accountability. Where the former exists, the latter finds expression almost by default. Thus, to be deemed accountable, one must first have responsibility for something. Simply, in the absence of responsibility, there really is no case for accountability.

The disciples seemed to understand this logic, but more importantly, they appeared to only take part responsibility for the gathering. Their suggestion to Jesus was therefore to disperse them so they could find food and lodging. Why? Because thy believed that responsibility should fall to the people because they had made individual choices to follow them that far out. And that made perfect sense.

Yet, Jesus responds “you yourself give them something to eat’. In other words, you are responsible for them.

That thought alone, can be scary sometimes: the fact that we have responsibility for someone or something. Where we are inadequately prepared even in the slightest sense, we may want to run away or transfer both the responsibility and its associated accountability to others.

Let us therefore grow in competence and stature to match the responsibilities that will be thrust on our shoulders. For then, we are less likely to shy away.


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