Understanding responsibility is key to continually developing our relationship with Christ. Adam and Eve did everything they could to avoid taking responsibility for their sin. Adam blamed his wife: “She gave me of the tree.” He even pointed an accusing finger at God, saying it was “the woman, whom You gave me.” Eve blamed the serpent saying: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Spinning every piece of information to paint yourself in a positive light is not a sign of spiritual maturity. God ignored Adam and Eve’s excuses and announced the consequences they would face. They were not the only ones, the scriptures are filled with examples.
One of the dirges of mankind is that we refuse to take responsibility for our actions. We want to blame others for our problems: our parents did not raise us well; our friends let us down; our children are rebellious; our employer is not sensitive enough; our spouse is not understanding; there is not enough time in the day. The excuses are plentiful! On some level we are trying to place our faith in ourselves and not the grace of the gospel. Laying these down are the first step to doing business with God. Forgiveness and restoration cannot happen until we accept responsibility for our actions. Repentance is turning from our way, which includes our opinions, spin, excuses, blame and whatever we use to make us feel comfortable and relying on the way of Jesus for only source of peace.
An obvious indication that we have not genuinely repented is that we make excuses for our heart and attitudes. If we make a habit of blaming others for our failures, we will not reach a point of honest repentance. Strive always to understand and take responsibility for our own heart and actions. It will free us to receive God’s work and to press on to spiritual maturity.