Taking personal responsibility

I talk to a lot of people and there seems to be a common thread in some. They want to blame someone or something for the excuse of not taking personal responsibility of their own spiritual condition before God.
Now in some cases, they have a good gripe. But they still use this to duck responsibility.

Let me give you an example:
This lady refused a card that I handed her. The minute see saw that it had to do with Jesus she went into one. She raised her voice on the train we where riding in. She said that we are all the same. She explained that she had lived back east and saw some that claimed to be Christians do some terrible things to other people. While I did not doubt that she did, it was very obvious that she was very bitter and upset.
This is a very common thing. People want to go back to circumstances that may have been very upsetting, and then use that circumstance against someone.
It still comes back to the fact that people need to take responsibility for their own spiritual condition before God. Someday we will stand before God alone. Our excuses as to why we didn’t come to God will not stand. We will not be able to put the blame on anyone or any circumstance as to why we did not heed God’s call to us.
Once again, I will agree that everyone or everything that calls itself Christian may indeed not be. But we can no longer use that as an excuse for us not turning from our own sins and receiving forgiveness through Christ.

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6 Responses to “Taking personal responsibility”

  1. Born4Battle Says:

    Amen. I see this all the time. It’s a symptom of a hardened heart – hardened by God, self, or both. There is no excuse, as you say, and we can pray for God to open hearts to receive the word of the Gospel. After all, that’s the only way salvatin happens, isn’t it? It’s a supernatural work of God.

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Born4Battle,
    So true. It’s truly up to God. We just have to deal with them by God’s grace. And it is sufficient.
    Thanks for stopping by brother.

  3. timbob Says:

    Good morning. It’s a common tactic; that of people looking at the actions of others instead of dealing with their own need. When I was in the navy, the Jim Bakker scandal was in full swing and I was constntly being asked “what about that guy?” It was RELENTLESS! My reply was usually along the lines of “When you stand before the Lord Jesus, he’s not going to ask you about THAT GUY.”

    The same holds true with folks asking endless rhetorical questions which, if we allow them to continue on, will only lead into endless discussion about side-issues instead of the condition of their heart. Indeed we must be aware of the enemys tactics which are usually quite predictable. Another great post. It’s good to be hearing from you. Keeping you and Susan in prayer. And now to check out “Born 4 Battles site.

    have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

    timbob

  4. rjperalta Says:

    Timbob,
    Thanks for another great comment. Very true.
    Thanks for your prayers brother.

  5. timbob Says:

    Hello. Just stopping in. I pray that all is going well in the Portland area and with your household. Time is short and the return of Jesus is at hand. WOO HOO!

    Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

    timbob

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Thanks Timbob,
    and yes, He is on his way as we speak.
    May you also be blessed his weekend.

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