Luke 12:48b (NASB) From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
Sometimes taking responsibility for our lives means completing unfinished business. Some of us may have left a trail of broken situations and relationships; things that need addressing before moving on. Others may be burdened by debts that hinder spiritual pursuits. Before moving forward spiritually, we’ll need to take responsibility for wrongs done in our past.
A new life in the Lord 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 man of God, and forgiven of his sins by the Lord, he needed to address the wrongs he’s committed in the past (Philemon 1).
Likewise, before you can move ahead, you must face the unfinished business of your past. This may include facing up to some shameful 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, the Lord calls you to take responsibility for whatever sins may have brought you to whatever circumstances you’re presently in. Once you accept ownership of your past, God will help you move ahead. But the Lord will do it His way, not yours.
Quote: John C. Maxwell: The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.