Key Verses: Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. Galatians 6:4-5
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to take responsibility for our own actions. It is so much easier to blame someone else or your circumstances. Jack Johnson hit song ‘cookie jar’ is all about blaming others. “Well it wasn’t me,” says the boy with the gun, “sure I pulled the trigger, but it needed to be done.” The young gunman sees himself as a victim of his society and upbringing: “life’s been killin’ me ever since it begun, you can’t blame me ’cause I’m too young.” The song continues with his parent blaming the TV. The media man blaming the public and so on. This song truly sums up the philosophy of our age where there is always someone to blame.
We see a similar relation to taking responsibility right from the beginning of the Bible. Remember how Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake in Genesis 3? Similarly in Exodus 32:21-24, we see Aaron confronted concerning his action in creating the golden calf. He responds “”Do not be angry, my lord, … You know how prone these people are to evil. In other words, it was the people’s fault. He later goes on to say he ‘just’ threw the gold into the fire. As in to say, “it kind of just happened, don’t blame me.” Likewise, King Saul tries to convince Samuel that even though he had sinned, he did so because of pressure from the people (1 Samuel 15:15, 21, 24).
Genuine Repentance accepts responsibility. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess OUR sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us OUR sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Notice OUR sins, not our parent’s mistakes, not society’s, OUR mistakes, OUR sins. Failing to accept personal responsibility may work to your advantage on occasion in the short term, but it’s detrimental to your ongoing walk with Christ. Until we are willing to admit our sins and take responsibility for our actions, we will be unable to confess them and experience the forgiveness and purification that God wants to give us.