Taking responsibility 2
'Arise, for it is your task.' Ezra 10:4 ESV
When we realise we've made a mistake, there are three things we need to do. First, we need to refuse. Refuse to stay in that place, wallowing in self-pity and complaining that others have led us to where we are.
Secondly, we need to take responsibility. We can't live our lives blaming others for our mistakes. We have to learn to admit where we're wrong.
Finally, we need to rise up from the place we've found ourselves in. Excuses, blame, guilt and shame keep us down and trapped. When Ezra heard about the sins of the Israelites, he fell to his knees and said: 'I am much too ashamed to face you (Ezra 9:6 CEV). He then wept, prayed and confessed the sins to God. But the people made a plan; they decided to make a covenant with God to promise that they would sort out the mess they were in. They told Ezra: 'Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it' (Ezra 10:4 ESV). If Ezra had stayed in that place of shame, he couldn't have brought justice and morality back to the people. We can't do what God's calling us to do unless we refuse to stay in the place we're in. So, let's rise up and move into God's great plans for us.
So what now? Take responsibility! Confess to God any area in which you've been going wrong, thank God for his forgiveness, then rise up and make a difference for God.
Soulfood: Exo 20:13 Gen 4:1-15 Matt 5:21-22,