I am looking forward to this day, as I do every day. I am attending an Outreach Conference, and last evening's message was very powerful. I thank God for His goodness to me, and for the privilege of ministry. Pray for this day to be a day of growing and learning for me. Pray for those who are lost in need of the Saviour, and please pray for those in our church who are struggling with health problems, those in the R.U. program struggling with addictive behavior, and those that are struggling spiritually and emotionally.
Deuteronomy 24:16, "The father shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers:every man shall be put to death for his own sin."
There seems to be a movement in today's society to blame shift. People want to put the responsibility of their action upon someone other than themselves. We choose our own thoughts, we choose our attitude, and we choose our actions. Therefore, I am responsible for my thoughts, my attitude, and my actions.
Recently, some in the government have espoused the notion that if a juvenile commits a crime, the parents should be held responsible for that crime. This is contrary to previous law and certainly is contradictory to Deuteronomy 24:16. Let's notice a few other Scripture passages that speak about the matter of personal responsibility:
Romans 14:11-12, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
1 Corinthians 3:13, "...the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." As you can see we are going to be held personally accountable for what we do.
Knowing the truth of Scripture as it relates to personal responsibility makes me aware of the need for me to take responsibility for my thoughts, my attitude, and my actions. May they all bring honor and glory to God, for one day I will stand before Him and will give an account for my life. Are you living responsibly?