Wednesday, June 2, 2010
On Being Accountable
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto men; Col 3:23 (KJV)
When we begin our walk with the Lord, we have to learn several new terms and a new way to live. We need to learn about commitment and accountability.
Commitment, the ability to follow through with our actions on what we say, carries a great deal of weight in who we are. God’s work can succeed only when we have commitment as a part of our spiritual make-up.
Accountability, according to Roget’s Thesaurus, is related to being responsible and answerable to another person. Being accountable as a Christian means that someone holds us responsible for our actions, attitudes and behavior that we display. We need to be accountable to one another as well as to God.
Our accountability to our brothers and sisters in Christ makes our accountability before God easier than it would be without our earthly partners. We are accountable to God for who we are and for how we relate to him. We are accountable for our sins.
The sins we call “little Christian sins” are just as important to God as the big sins of murder and stealing.
Our accountability to an earthly friend is a way that we are able to “walk the walk as well as talk the talk”. Without a brother or sister in Christ coming alongside and walking with us, we don’t always see God in our lives or our circumstances.
But when we yield to God and become accountable on the vertical as well as the horizontal plane of our lives we grow more like Christ.