Luke 12:48b (MSG) Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!

Often times taking responsibility for our lives means completing unfinished business. Some of us have left a trail of broken pieces in our own lives and broken relationships; things that need addressing before moving on. Others may be burdened by mistakes that inhibit spiritual pursuits. Before moving forward spiritually, we’ll need to take responsibility for wrongs done in the past.

A new life in Christ doesn’t excuse past obligations or erase the ongoing consequences of past sins. When the apostle Paul was in prison he led a runaway slave named Onesimus to Christ. But then Paul sent him back to his master, even though Onesimus faced a possible death penalty for his offense! Paul sent a letter back with the fugitive saying that if Onesimus had caused any harm or stolen anything that Paul would pay for it. Paul recognized that even though Onesimus was now a Christian, and forgiven of his sins, he needed to address the wrongs he committed in the past.” But it was also an opportunity for his master Philemon to be made whole as well! (Read Philemon it’s a short story in the Bible one chapter)

Likewise, before you can move ahead, you must face the unfinished business of your past. This may include facing up to some deceitful behavior, crooked schemes, or quick-fix solutions to difficult problems that just didn’t work. While you can be certain that God will meet you where you are, He calls you to take responsibility for whatever sins may have brought you to whatever circumstances you are presently in. Once you accept responsibility of your past, God will help you move ahead. But He’ll do it His way, not yours.” This message is especially for leadership, and those that are leaders in the making!

Quote: Alfred A. Montapert – Nobody ever did, or ever will escape the consequences of his choices.”

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