“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said. ‘It is your responsibility!'” Matthew 27:24 NIV
Read: Matthew 27:11-26
Refusing to take responsibility is becoming the norm in our society by many. It seems if all is going well, many want to take credit for the success. But, if something goes wrong, the finger pointing begins.
Remember, when you point one finger at another you have three fingers pointing back at you. We need to take responsibility for our own failures and for the failures of others whom we are responsible. For everything that goes wrong, there is a person or persons who are responsible.
In all situations, we need to do to others as we would want others to do for us. We need to be fair and honest with all; taking great care to be responsible for our actions and accepting responsibility for the actions of others under our leadership.
In our reading, we see Pilate actually washing his hands with water as he claimed he was not responsible for the coming beatings and crucifixion of JESUS. He was responsible since he did nothing to stop the murder. In fact, every person there who did nothing was responsible for the death of JESUS.
Being held responsible for your actions is something we can easily understand. We need to realize we are equally responsible for our lack of actions. What have you ignored and not taken corrective action? It will not go away. In time you will face your guilt.
You cannot wash your hands of doing wrong or ignoring a wrong. Do the right thing today.
Today’s prayer: “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for forgiving my wrongs. Thank YOU for forgiving my wrongful actions against others and the times I did not take the actions I should have. I want to be responsible and do YOUR will. Amen.”