Taking Personal Responsibility
We currently live in a world where taking personal responsibility is no longer the norm, but the exception. It seems today more and more people are finding all types of reasons to forgo their responsibilities. Some even boast they are not responsible for their current life situations. Another name for this epidemic is “blame shifting.” We all tend to pass the buck to another rather than owning our failures and responsibilities.
In Genesis 3:12, we have the first incident of blame-shifting. In this context, God confronts Adam on his sin of eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. I want you to notice how Adam shifts the blame toward God. “He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Did you notice how Adam shifts the blame toward God? Adam punts and blames God rather than taking responsibility for eating the fruit. What can one do to make sure we don’t make the same mistake as Adam?
I want to suggest a few tips:
- Obey God in Life: If you and I make it our practice to obey God by obeying His word (i.e. the Bible) we can be sure that would include taking care of our obligations. God’s word teaches us a few examples: to work hard, to provide for our own families, and to be faithful in the small areas of life. (Jam. 1:22, 1Tim 5:8)
- Live Up to Your Responsibilities: Life is filled with obligations, and we must live up to those commitments. We love to receive benefits from our jobs, families, and others, but this requires us to do our part as well (Matt. 5:37).
- Make Life Choices That are Positive: To live up to our obligation, we must make positive choices in life. We can’t expect financial freedom if we’re not willing to get on a budget and stop spending money (Prov. 21:5).
- Be Diligent in Life: Solomon, in the book of Proverbs, says this, “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.” We can’t expect to move up in life or achieve great things in life if we are not willing to put the work in.