Key Scripture: Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Most of us do not like to be admonished or held accountable. We like to live in a state of anonymity where we can go home and watch or read what we want without others seeing. We go around with ear buds in our ears so we do not have to talk to the person standing in line with us. We go to church and listen to a message; we leave and don’t open our Bible until the next Sunday morning. And no one knows because we do not have someone in our lives to hold us accountable in our walk with Jesus.
The God of the Bible is a God who desires a relationship with us. He never intended for us to “do” life alone. We need brothers and sisters in Christ to hold us accountable because, left on our own, we are vulnerable to falling into sin. Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness…. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
What is accountability? It is the practice whereby redeemed people desire and agree to a relationship with one another whereby both participants are growing and strengthening their relationship with Christ. Accountability partners desire Christ, prioritize Christ, and pursue Christ. Consequently, they genuinely submit, honestly and transparently, to discussion and confession about their struggles with sin, purity, and fidelity to the Lord.
Proverbs 27:17 tells us that “iron sharpens iron.” Hebrews 10:24-25 says to “stir up one another to love and good works ... encouraging one another.”
Questions to Consider:
Do you want someone in your life to hold you accountable to your walk with Jesus? If not, why?
Thank you, Lord, for wanting a relationship with me in that You have provided us with Your Word for instruction and encouragement and with brothers and sisters in Christ who can hold me accountable to my walk with You.