As a Christian you have responsibilities. We have accountability. And people need to understand that.
If we expressed the responsibilities that we have as Christians to one another, we wouldn’t have so many people laying claim to Christian lives but not living them. The reason we’re having to ask people if they are Christians is because we have removed the responsibility and accountability there is for being one.
If we held Christians and Christian leaders accountable for their roles and responsibilities, we would have a lot less people jumping up proclaiming to be called by the Lord. The role of a preacher would be a lot less appealing if all preachers were held accountable for what that call means. As Paul said in referencing to preaching, “I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News.”
The same applies to Christians. If you are a Christian you are compelled to do God’s will. You are held accountable for doing His will or not doing it because it is your responsibility. In short, as a Christian you have a responsibility to tell others about Christ, but you have an even bigger responsibility to show others Christ by how you live.
1 Corinthians 9:16 Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News!