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Personally Accountable

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    Kanye West I have found it humorous this week to watch the news surrounding entertainer Kanye West. He admitted that he is $53 million dollars in debt. For a man who has deemed himself the “greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time”, it seems he is not living up to the hype. However, it was his next move that I found humorous and sad at the same time. He tweeted the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and asked him to “invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas.” Where is the personal accountability? It is not easy to get that much in debt, but I am sure that asking the CEO of Facebook, through Twitter, is not going to be received with much enthusiasm. Looking to others is not a good recipe for resolving life’s problems.

       Although most of us would not relate to the scope of Kanye West’s issue exactly, this is an example of a problem that is short-circuiting many people’s relationship with God. Personal accountability is often lacking in our spiritual lives. God expects us to take personal responsibility for what we do and who we are. As Paul comments, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor. 5:10).

            When I fail in this area of being personally accountable in my life, there are a few main culprits:

  1. Inconsistency. I am sometimes good at living up to what God wants of me, but sometimes I don’t want the pressure. At the heart of this is a selfishness that is hard to completely get rid of. There are times when I do what I want to do, but if I am going to take this route, it still does not absolve me of my personal responsibility to God to live how he wants. After all, the reason he has given me guidelines in life is so that I can have the best life possible while I am here. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). It starts by accepting that our lives and our relationship with God is what we have made of it. Consistency in our commitment to God is extremely important to both.
  2. Avoidance and denial. We are very good at avoiding the difficult things in life by turning on the tv, watching a movie, or going out to enjoy some entertainment. Yet, this does not help resolve issues; it only delays the process. It removes the culpability for a moment. The longer things are allowed to go unresolved, the bigger the issue tends to become. This certainly applies to marriage, personal struggles, and deficiencies in our relationship with God. Discipline makes us face up to the difficulties and decide to handle them; it is what helps make things better. The first step of any good recovery program is admitting the problem that you have. Paul helps us see what our issue is with God in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Pledge yourself to be disciplined because for a moment it will “seem painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).

     Unlike Kayne West, don’t expect someone else to bail you out when you get in over your head. Take personal responsibility for your life and your relationship, or perhaps lack thereof, with God. The good news is, he has a gift of grace waiting to redeem you through His Son (Rom. 3:24); consistency and discipline help us accomplish what is necessary to obey His will.  

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