The Truth Life: Do You Value Personal Responsibility?
5 Ways a Christian Needs to Take Personal Responsibility
by Veritas Vita 777
Each day, I’m grateful for the saving grace of God in my life. I’ve made so many mistakes. I’ve gone down the wrong path multiple times. I’ve had to pay the consequences for poor choices. Yet through it all, God has been with me!
God’s grace is beautiful and fills me with gratitude.
I’ve been thinking about personal responsibility lately. I think this is sorely lacking in our world today. It’s a different time than when I grew up. My parents taught us to take responsibility for our actions. If we were wrong, we needed to own up to the mistake or bad behavior. There was no getting away with bad behavior in our house for my siblings and me.
And I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I learned so much!
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
Those are some wise words from Abraham Lincoln. Trying to evade responsibility will only serve to send you down a negative pathway in life – that won’t reap good results. As I’ve mentioned, I have been paying the price for bad decisions. However, I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I know the decisions I made were not God’s perfect will for my life. Yet, I listened to my own will and made the wrong choices. God was with me the entire time. He never left me. Yet, I had to go through the consequences for those choices. However, God’s grace has been so special in my life. He has been redeeming my circumstances. He knows I’ve worked hard at taking responsibility for those wrong choices – and have desired to seek His will for my life ever since.
“I’m not perfect; I make mistakes all the time. All I can do is try my best to learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for them, and do a better job tomorrow.” - Lana
What the Bible Says About Personal Responsibility
I believe in taking personal responsibility for my actions. This is especially true for the Christian. Consider a few ways that you need to be responsible as a believer.
1. Salvation is Individually Based
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God [a]is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15, NKJV)
You need to come to God as you are. He doesn’t expect you to be perfect. However, there is a choice to make. You choose where or not you want to repent and believe in the Gospel message. No one can make this choice for you. People can show you the truth. God can open doors for you spiritually. But only you can take that step to accept Christ as Lord of your life.
2. Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31, NKJV)
As a Christian, you are called to love others. Yes, that’s not always easy, but that’s part of your responsibility as a believer. You can’t focus on yourself anymore. Sure, you need to take care of yourself and stay physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. However, you need to have a new outlook on life where you see others as God sees them. He is always about redemption.
3. Provide for Your Own Family
8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (I Tim. 5:8, NKJV)
Yes, God is your provider (See: Phil. 4:19). He is Jehovah-Jireh (See: Genesis 22:14). However, you are expected to work if you want to eat (See: 2 Thess. 3:10). You can read in this verse from I Timothy 5:8, that it’s important to provide for your family. You must provide for them.
4. Be Diligent Before God
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15, NKJV)
Once you’re saved, that’s not the end of the road for you – unless, of course, you got saved on your deathbed – and then died and went to Heaven. When you get saved, you are called to be diligent. How can you accomplish that? You become diligent and present yourself approved to God by studying and applying the Word of God in your life. It won’t just happen. You have to be responsible and put in the effort.
5. You are Called to Share Your Faith
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen. (Matthew 28:16-20, NKJV)
As a Christian, you are called to share the Gospel message. That’s not always easy. It can be intimidating. I’m still a work in progress in this area. God is helping me to become bolder – especially in our current times.
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill
What are your thoughts on personal responsibility?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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