What do health care, the financial crash, and our spiritual walk have in common? Personal responsibility. Now, bear with me a moment. The dirty little secret that no one is talking about in all of these debates about health care is that most of the health issues in America are self inflicted. Most of America is overweight which leads to numerous problems such as adult onset diabetes, heart disease and joint problems. Smoking causes issues with the hearts, lungs and of course, numerous cancers.
By far, we spend the most money in our health care system on diseases and illnesses that are preventable. We could radically reform our health care system and bring down costs by doing two simple things — get our weight under control and stop smoking. But that is not a problem the government can solve. That’s a matter of personal responsibility.
The financial crash was driven by a bubble in the housing market and too much debt. Again, this is not a government problem. Most of us simply lost control of our spending. We bought things we didn’t need. We ran up huge bills on our credit cards — we did this as businesses and in our personal lives. Again, this isn’t a problem our government can solve. This too, is a matter of personal responsibility.
And as for our spiritual walk? Yes, it is true that the good news of the gospel is that God has come to us in Jesus Christ. And while He has come, we still have to open the door and let Him in (Rev. 3:20). Jesus comes to us when we pray, as we serve, as we study Scripture, as we worship with other believers. . .but in all of these, we have to show up. And that’s our personal responsibility. A famous actor once said that success is 90% showing up. With God, success is 100% showing up. Join me in this simple commitment. . .to just get there. Just show up. Trust God with the rest. Our part is being there—open, available, present with Christ in every moment. And that’s my personal responsibility as a believer. It’s yours too.