Take Responsibility

Much is required from those to whom much is given. – Luke 12:48b

Take Responsibility

Sometimes taking responsibility for our lives means completing unfinished business. Some of us may have left a trail of broken laws and relationships–things that need addressing before moving on. Others may be burdened by debts that inhibit spiritual pursuits. Before moving forward spiritually, we’ll need to take responsibility for wrongs done in the past.

A new life in Christ doesn’t excuse past obligations or erase the ongoing consequences of past sins. When the apostle Paul was in prison he led a runaway slave named Onesimus to Christ. But then Paul sent him back to his master–even though Onesimus faced a possible death penalty for his offense! Paul sent a letter back with the fugitive saying that if Onesimus had caused any harm or stolen anything that Paul would pay for it. Paul recognized that even though Onesimus was now a Christian, and forgiven of his sins, he needed to address the wrongs he’s committed in the past.

Likewise, before you can move ahead, you must face the unfinished business of your past. This may include facing up to some cowardly behavior, crooked schemes, or quick-fix solutions to difficult problems that just didn’t work. While you can be certain that God will meet you where you are, He calls you to take responsibility for whatever sins may have brought you to whatever circumstances you’re presently in. Once you accept ownership of your past, God will help you move ahead. But He’ll do it His way, not yours.

– Steve Arterburn

Nobody ever did, or ever will escape the consequences of his choices. – Alfred A. Montapert


One Comment

  1. Bob Wineland August 27, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    If there were enough time Lord, and i weren’t a born again believer i would fill volumes, yes even tomes with my past transgressions. But one striking example i must relate.
    I had just turned 18 . I needed some gas for a friends’ car so he and i thought it would be really cool, that Saturday night to siphon gas out of a neighbor’s car. Problem was that the street had been recently resurfaced. Uh well……Sunday morning the local sheriff came a knockin as it were, on my parents’ front door. ” Maam, is your son home?” he asks. Why yes he is sir. Oh… then might i have a word with him? Well sure you may officer. Then my mom saw the footprints leading directly to our front door that i had tracked from the newly resurfaced street because the spilled gasoline ( spitting out siphoned gas was my forte), well……..now you know the “Rest Of The Story”….No my neighbor did not press charges and I was able join the USAF, Security Service, receive a top secret-R clearance, and become a detective in the military.

Leave A Comment