Take Responsibility

How many times in life do we seek after a leader? Someone to stand in the forefront and make the decisions. Leaders supports their group but also they are responsible for the group… if a mistake is made who is usually to blame?

 How easy is it to push blames elsewhere? Why does there have to be blame? Is not Jesus’ blood sufficient to cleanse us? Is not his life enough to lead us through?

1 Corinthians 3:1-7 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Acts 17:10-12  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Consider the Bereans, who stood in the presence of Paul and Silas, heard their words and still took it upon themselves to be sure it was correct. They did not expect Paul or Silas to carry them to salvation but took the words of life and found purpose within themselves by the power of God. They took responsibility for their own lives and salvation, not leaving up to man to give it to them.

 Hebrews 8:10-12 

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

 And God is merciful through the grace found in Jesus. And yet listen to Jesus.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

 John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 Do we all agree that Jesus is a great teacher? How many have thought, if I was able to walk with Jesus I would be stronger and not fall as much as I do here, today? We would all agree that Jesus is the perfect teacher. I am sure in all our hearts we would believe if I was with Jesus things would be different.

But we tend to forget, even Jesus can only take us so far… consider Judas. He walked with Jesus from the beginning. He performed miracles and ate by his side. But his heart was turned and there was nothing Jesus was able to do. Because as God said from the beginning “I will make you as gods, knowing good and evil” which simply means it is your decision how you live. The strength of the teacher must be matched by the motivation and commitment of the student.

 Think about the Sower, the seeds fall anywhere and everywhere, it is where you have placed your life that reflects how the seed grows. So take charge of your life. It is a gift, do not waste it.

 We are flesh and need guidance. We need healing. But who are we supposed to turn to before anyone else?  Paul said he is nothing, even Jesus said he can do nothing of himself. Listen to these verses.

 Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 It is crucial to remember that God knows your hearts, and how much you truly give to God, he will provide.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Pick up that cross daily and follow the life Jesus led. But you must let God lead you and teach you, like Jesus did.

Galatians 6:4-9 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man shall bear his own burden. 6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

We all face hard times. We all have had our moments of temptations. But take responsibility for those actions as well. And how do we take responsibility? Repent.

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Therefore we cannot go about blaming life, our parens, our spouse, our children, our brothers and sisters, our stresses in life. Acknowledge our own sin.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Remember there is forgiveness, that is why Jesus died, so let go of the blame and the burden and with a clear mind and pure heart serve our God as sincerely as possible.

Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We will all struggle together, and we will encourage one another. We do need each other, but we must learn first to let God into our lives.

For on judgement day before God we will stand alone. Have your hearts ready for when God says what have you done in the name of my Son.

 Does that mean we must seek out truth and strength alone? No, for in the witness of two or more is truth established and in the fellowship of brother and sisters in Christ, is a blessing from God, the unity and peace within the church, a glory to God. We must have faith in each other, communicating needs in love. But each brother has his cross to carry; each sister must take control of her own life.

We have to face our own battles not being slothful in the challenges of life. No making excuses and not seeking strength or blame from men, but allowing God to take control of your life. Let him in. In the New covenant, we have passed the mediation of high priests and leaders, Jesus is the only one to bring us to God.

Trust in God. He is the only one with the answers and strength to lead us across this life. Go to our God. 

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