1. the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.
It amazes me how often we as a people shift blame. Instead of owning our faults our mistakes our sin, we look to point the finger in another direction.
Tell me if any of these sound familiar…
“If God didn’t want me to do what I did, he should’ve stopped me.”
“If sin is bad why does it feel so Good?”
“I can’t help that God made me this way. It’s His fault. Not mine.”
The problem isn’t God, the problem is our lack of self control and accountability. God isn’t a puppeteer in our lives. He has given us the gift of a choice and he allows us to exercise it. Whether for good or for bad is our decision.
Accountability has been our problem since the beginning. From the moment sin entered the heart of man we have sought ways to relinquish responsibility for our actions. Think to when God came to Adam shortly after he and Eve ate from the forbidden tree. What did Adam do when questioned about the sin he had committed? “It was the woman that YOU gave me Lord. She gave me the fruit of the tree and I ate it.” Genesis 3:9-13. Instead of accepting responsibility for his actions Adam shifted the blame onto Eve and God. He had no accountability for his actions. At the heart of every sin is an accountability deficiency.
That’s why a Gospel preached without the need of repentance is no Gospel at all. It is a lie. “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!” Matthew 4:17. Before we are told to follow Christ we are told to repent. Why is repentance so important? Because It’s an acknowledgment of the sin in your life. You aren’t making excuses or shifting blame, you are owning up to your faults and recognizing that you have sinned and have fallen short of the Glory of God and are in need of a savior! Rebirth in the spirit cannot occur in a proud heart that denies accountability.
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