Parents — Do you do anything for your child he/she can do? Church Leaders — Do we assume we know what people need to mature in Christ and if they just listen and carry out our instructions they will grow? Dallas Willard once said to me in a retreat class, “The kingdom of God runs on personal responsibility”. When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden he gave them work, accountability and tests — he created the world to run on personal responsibility.
Do the people we love and serve need assistance, encouragement, and compassionate care? CERTAINLY!!! But never let these vital ministries short circuit their personal responsibility.