Several years ago I heard an equation I thought interesting and accurate. If it is true, then it leaves us with the need to understand each component.
Ability + opportunity = responsibility
Everyone has ability. These abilities fall into the categories of natural, acquired and spiritual (God given). Not everyone has the same ability, thus the design of the church so it will function properly, as God designed it (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12).
Opportunities are circumstances presenting possibility. The interesting fact about opportunities is that unless we can see the possibility, we will never take advantage of the opportunity. We must recognize the possibilities and look for the opportunities God provides.
Therefore, we are responsible to use our abilities, consider the possibilities, and seek the God given opportunities.
Imagine what God could do through us in changing our community, or maybe the world, if we were to assume such responsibility.
Perhaps it would help us to consider the fact that we are going to be held accountable for what we do in this physical body. Let us take our responsibility seriously.