From Passivity to Responsibility
SERIES: Your But’s Too Big!
Genesis 15:1-6 NLT
1 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”
2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth.
3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”
4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”
5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Genesis 24:1-6, 62-67 NLT
1 Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.
2 One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh.
3 Swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women.
4 Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.”
5 The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”
6 “No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there.
62 Meanwhile, Isaac, whose home was in the Negev, had returned from Beer-lahai-roi.
63 One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming.
64 When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel.
65 “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” she asked the servant. And he replied, “It is my master.” So Rebekah covered her face with her veil.
66 Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done.
67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.
(BOOK: Slaves with SWAG – Daryl T. Hinmon)
Passivity is WATCHING your life unfold.
Responsibility is ACTIVELY unfolding your life.
Passive people WATCH what happens.
Responsible people MAKE things happen.
Passive people are ACTED upon.
Responsible people ACT.
Passive people wait in a state of suspended animation until something or someone OUTSIDE themselves rescues them from their current circumstances.
(vs. 15:1-6 – 1, 5, 6)
(Chapter 20 – Isaac is born; Chapter 24 – Isaac is passive; Chapter 25 – Isaac is 40 years old.)
Genesis 25:20 NLT – When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean.
Ways to fail in life:
- Trying to do SOMETHING and not SUCCEEDING.
- DOING NOTHING
- MAKE things happen.
- WATCH things happen.
- WONDER what happened after it happened.
Primary factors which determine our personality make-up:
- 25% NATURE
- 75% NURTURE
Essentials in Overcoming Passivity
A goal says I believe God wants me to ACCOMPLISH something by a certain DATE.
50% don’t know where they want to be
40% will go in any direction
10% know where they want to go
5% will pursue where they want to go
Only directions you can go:
No one STANDS STILL.
(v. 24:5 – but)
Ask God for the courage TO TRY.
When you go to work as LATE as you can,
When you leave work as EARLY as you can,
When at work you SIT on your can,
Then you DESERVE to be canned.
I say this quite CANDIDLY.