Taking Responsibility

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | Embracing Your Response-Ability

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | Embracing Your Response-Ability

Scriptures: Matthew 25:14-30

Idea: To whom something is given, something is required.

Are you taking responsibility for your opportunities, or are you taking them for granted? If every good thing comes from God, then there’s a reason you have it and some accountability for it.

  • One thing we all said as kids: “That’s not fair!” To which our parents responded, “Life’s not fair.”
  • Unfair really means “uneven.”
  • Unfair/uneven can quickly become an excuse for irresponsibility.
  • The real issue is not, Is it fair or how do you make it fair? The question is, How will you respond? 

You are responsible for your responses.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | This is No Time to Pray

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | This is No Time to Pray

Genesis 15:16, Joshua 7

I. Today’s text addresses several dynamics. 

1. Religious people who pass our responsibility off on God.  

  • Prayer feels proactive. 
  • Maybe God’s waiting’ on us.

2. It addresses tolerant people who don’t want to hold people responsible because it feels harsh—we call them the enablers.

  • He’s got a good heart. She has been through a rough patch. 

3. Those of you who feel like you are reaping what someone else has sown. 

  • Are you reaping what someone else has sown? Probably. Irresponsibility is a community affair. 

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | The Disproportionate Life

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | The Disproportionate Life

Question: Am I taking responsibility for my life . . . really?

Ar-ka-mee’-dees Principle explains why some things float and other things sink. It’s the principle of buoyancy: a body immersed in liquid receives an upward thrust from the bottom equal to the weight of the displaced liquid. A 5 oz. pebble sinks and a 30,000-ton battleship floats. Archimedes was an inventor and mathematician. But he did not invent this principle. He discovered it.

Today, I want to talk about a principle that is operating in all our lives that when acknowledged and leveraged empowers/motivates us to TAKE responsibility:

People reap what they sow.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | The Blame Game

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | The Blame Game

Genesis 1:27–29, Genesis 3:8–13

I. 3 reasons we need to ask the question “Am I taking responsibility for my life?”.

#1 We live in a culture of increasing irresponsibility.

  • Irresponsibility is celebrated in our culture.
  • I have the right to do what I want and say what I want but you don’t have the right to hold me accountable.

#2 It’s contagious. Why should I continue to act responsibly when it seems to be more beneficial not to? 

  • Now people profit from their irresponsibility. Why should I miss out on that? 
  • What’s rewarded is repeated. 

#3 Every time an individual refuses to take responsibility for something he is responsible for, someone else is forced to pick up his responsibility. 

  • Any time a group, a family, a company, a person, we are talking about personal responsibility, refuse to be responsible it causes conflict.