As a society, we have become expert at blaming others. No one wants to take responsibility for their own life, yet they insist on it from others when it affects them.
We are to be responsible. Responsibility is God’s idea! God did not create Adam and Eve to let them do anything that they pleased! They had responsibilities!
Adam and Eve had the first recorded job description. Genesis 2:15 says “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” They also had marital responsibilities to become one with one another without shame. (Genesis 2:24-25)
What happened when they broke their responsibilities? They had to leave the Garden of Eden and missed out on God’s best! If Adam and Eve had maintained their responsibilities they would have continued to have that close union of walking with God, instead they lost out!
There are positive examples in Scripture like Joseph. If he was in charge of the land or if he was falsely thrown in prison, he took responsibility for what he could do. You can read his story in Gen. 37-50.
Instead of taking responsibility, we prefer to blame. Adam and Eve tried blaming others.
Aaron is another negative example of shirking responsibility. When Moses questioned Aaron about making a golden calf to worship he responded by saying in Exodus 32:22-24; “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!” He blamed it on the people and on the fire.
God calls us to be different. When we do something wrong, we need to own up to it, admit our wrong, and do all that we can to fix the problem we caused and the relationships that have been hurt.
How about you? When do you tend to blame others? Will you admit your faults? Will you admit your sin and your need for Jesus to change your life? It is time to take responsibility.