Responsibility is a word seldom used in our culture today. Our misdeeds are always someone else’s fault. God is calling us to take responsibility for ourselves and our world. It is time for us to face up to who we are and what we’ve done. We are God’s people, the Body of Christ in the world. But we have failed to live that way and it is time to take responsibility for that.
Perhaps the first step in taking responsibility for ourselves is to admit that we sin because we want to. It’s that simple. We make choices daily which, for the most part, are good choices. And the rest of the time we choose to sin. We choose to serve ourselves, not God and not others. That is the root of sin.
How can we take responsibility? Confessing that we are sinners is a good place to start. Making amends for our past actions might be the next logical step. We must also remember that responsibility doesn’t just mean cleaning up the messes we’ve made. It means not creating messes in the first place. It means acting with integrity, dealing honestly with others, and looking to God daily for guidance and strength.
–Rev. Marty Aden
- We have the responsibility to be good stewards of all the gifts God shares with us. How can you take more personal responsibility for your gifts and the gifts of others in the area of stewardship?
- How does taking responsibility for our lives lead to living a life that is righteous? What signs do we have that we are living the life of one who is righteous?
- How can we call our society to take more responsibility for its corporate actions? Our church community? Our neighborhoods? Our families?
- What helps us to make good choices for our lives? What tempts us to shirk our responsibility?
How Do I Act?
- For one week, keep track of how many times people blame others for their mistakes. In those situations, think of ways they might have taken responsibility for their actions. Remember this exercise is a means of our learning from others not a chance to record the sins of others.’
- Watch a television talk show and see if you can find anyone who is taking responsibility for their actions. You might want to watch it with someone else so that you can discuss what is going on.
- Watch television or read the newspaper. Is anyone asking us to be more responsible for the way we live or act? Find a group or organization that is taking responsibility for something such as the environment, the hungry or other worthy causes. Then volunteer your time with them.