We live in days when one’s role and responsibilities are confused. Perhaps one of the reasons is because there are so many voices saying so many different things: politicians from Washington, actor and actresses from Hollywood, musicians, professors from universities, judges from high courts, preachers from pulpits, even newspapers enlighten their readers with conventional wisdom.

Isaiah 5.20 seems especially appropriate these days as it speaks of those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Scripture exhorts believer to be “filled with the Spirit” in Ephesians 5.18 and then Paul describes different manifestations of that filling. One of those Spirit filled manifestations is defined by the role and responsibilities that believers have in different relationship scenarios – toward one another, as the wife, the husband, the child, the father, the bondservant or the master.

While there may be many who desire to influence us in our role and responsibilities, there is only One who is all wise and worthy of listening to. As a believer reflects on the vast difference between light and darkness, and is reminded that they are light (Ephesians 4.8), the conclusion is drawn that most of the voices that seek to “guide” us are not guiding in the right direction. In Matthew 7.24 Jesus said those who hear His words and does them are wise, building their house on the rock.