And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Accountability. You’ve heard about it. You’ve probably read about it. And some of you may even be doing it. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, accountability is the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account one’s actions. It’s a check and balance system designed to protect us from harm from ourselves and others. It’s a sure sign of character. It says you are liable, responsible and answerable for your actions in life to God; accounting for what we are up to. It allows us to be answerable to one another and focuses on key relationships with one another and focuses on the key relationships in our lives.
One of my closest friends just moved here. I praise God that He’s chosen her to be a part of this amazing task (the Vine) and for getting her here safely. We were catching up the other day when the idea hit that we should start a small Bible study; getting together once a week just to dive into Scripture, gain different perspectives on His Word and its application to our lives and to hold each other accountable. We also wanted someone who would challenge and push us in our own individual faith walks.
We met for the first time this past week and are going through the book of Nehemiah. It’s amazing how applicable even the first chapter of the book was to both of our lives, here and now, and especially with this new church plant. It’s also been amazing to finally have that one person I can go to for accountability (and vice versa).
Being accountable to her has enabled me to share my life with her (as well as our core group at the Vine) and has helped me get to know her as well as myself in a deeper manner. Most of our relationships in life tend to be casual and superficial, but we also need a deeper connection. God created us for deep connection (Ecclesiastes 4:10-12).
Romans 14:12 says that even God holds us accountable: So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. And according to 1 Corinthians 12, we are accountable to one another. There is no separation of churches. We all service the same God. We are all part of the same body. No one part is more important than the other.
Our society runs rampant with accountability groups that assist people who would like to overcome an issue, an addiction or any other tendency. Humans seek support, comfort and motivation from others who have either gone through or are going through similar life circumstances. Accountability consists of trust and the ability to relate. Accountability involves a willingness to open yourself up and share sensitive, private or personal information. This is why trust is so imperative. Without it, accountability will not succeed. People who relate to one another can empathize and share with an understanding heart.
Galatians 6:1-2 sheds some light on this subject: Brothers [Sisters], if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Are you accountable?
Do you have a friend or two to whom you can go?
Will that person or that group hold you accountable in your spiritual walk?
Are you the type of person that people can come to when they need accountability?
Pray about it. Seek out who God would have you turn to and follow His lead.