The importance of taking personal responsibility

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. — 2 Corinthians 5:10

Not long ago, a young woman was attacked in a New York residential area while at least 38 neighbors watched from their windows. And during the course of the 30-minute assault, not even one person telephoned the police. The young lady sustained critical injuries and died for the simple reason that no one would pick up the phone and call for help.

Interviews conducted with the people who witnessed this terrible crime revealed that they were not totally indifferent as many had suspected. In fact, many of them were horrified when they saw what was happening. But the main reason nobody did anything was that each person thought someone else would take responsibility and get help.

Now, most people will never find themselves in such a critical situation. But how often, in the seemingly mundane events of life, do you find yourself saying, “I’ll let someone else do it”? Yet all the while, everyone else is thinking the exact same thing. This kind of attitude has created a vacuum of responsibility in our society where people simply point fingers instead of doing what’s right.

But on the day you stand before God, there will be no finger-pointing. You’ll be judged based on what you did with Christ, and then you’ll be rewarded for the works you have done in the flesh. So in this life, take responsibility for your actions and stand up for what’s right when others sit and point fingers.

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would give you a strong sense of personal responsibility to do what’s right when you’re tempted to point fingers.

Questions for thought

Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” What power do you have to act and do good today?

How can you encourage those around you to also participate in doing what’s right and good?