The Gift of Accountability
The Gift of Accountability
Accountability is a word that we often hear in the church, but what does it really mean?
Cory and Taylor define accountability as the willingness to be honest and transparent with someone who can help us stay on track with our goals and commitments. It is not about judging or criticizing each other, but rather about supporting and encouraging each other to live according to God's will and purpose. Accountability is a way of showing love and care for one another as members of the body of Christ.
In this video, Cory and Taylor shared some of the benefits of having accountability partners in their lives. They said that accountability helps them to avoid sin and temptation, to grow in their faith and character, and to overcome challenges and difficulties. They also shared some of the challenges of finding and maintaining accountability relationships, such as fear of rejection, pride, lack of trust, busyness, and distance.
Why do we need accountability?
As Christians, we need accountability because we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. To be accountable is a helpful reminder for us to be in need of God’s grace and forgiveness each day. It made us aware of our sinful nature and how God, through Jesus, is always willing to forgive (1 John 1:9).
How do we practice accountability?
Accountability is not something we can do on our own. We need other Christians who love us and care for us to hold us accountable. The Bible tells us that “iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 NIV). We also need to be humble and teachable, willing to listen and learn from others. The Bible warns us that “whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment” (Proverbs 18:1 ESV).
Who should we be accountable to?
First and foremost, we should be accountable to God. He is our Creator who knows every fiber of our being and loves us unconditionally. He also has the right and authority to judge us and reward us according to our deeds. The Bible says that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV).
Secondly, we should be accountable to our fellow Christians. We are part of the body of Christ, and we need each other for support, encouragement, and correction. We should find trustworthy and godly people who can be our accountability partners. They should be people who share our faith and values, who can speak the truth in love, and who can pray for us and with us. The Bible says that “therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16 ESV).
Cory and Taylor shared how they have accountability partners in their lives who they meet with regularly to pray, study the Bible and share their challenges and victories. They said that having accountability partners has helped them grow in their faith, overcome sin and stay focused on their calling.
Our need for More of Jesus
The notion of self-reliance implies we don't require anyone else, yet humility calls out for support from those whom God has placed in our lives. By regularly sharing and praying with others, we inevitably learn to entrust our burdens to the only One capable of fully carrying them and who loves us with an unwavering love (1 Peter 5:7).
Apart from Him, we are nothing. One significant way in which we receive this reminder is through the presence of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
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