The farther we move up the pathway of grace the more we need to commit to being accountable. This is the third commitment of the 3 Commitments that Lead to Extraordinary Results. Why is a commitment to accountability so vital? “Being accountable to someone else forces us to stay in reality, and helps us see beyond our own perspectives“.
We can easily talk ourselves back from prioritizing our commitments and activities. We can also easily excuse our ways of lacking grace when holding to our commitments. The real treasure is having someone who holds us to the highest of our goals, insisting we do the one thing necessary or next to move us forward, while holding us to the highest expression of grace.
Jesus was throughout his ministry committed to the most intimate of accountable relationships. He said, “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5: 30)
Every Christian should have at least a three-fold source of accountability at work within their lives. First, we should be accountable to the Holy Scriptures since “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17)
Secondly, every Christian is accountable to God through Jesus Christ. “It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” (Romans 14: 11 – 12) This is not an accountability postponed until later but an accountability that prepares us for later. Now, we approach the throne of grace in prayer and travail until a holy, God-honoring practice of life is brought forth. Now, the Spirit is “searching our hearts,” (Romans 8: 27) examining us, and leading us forward.
Finally, every Christian is accountable to other Christians. “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13: 11)
How are these three methods of accountability worked into your lifestyle?
Which do you find the easiest with which to comply? Which do you typically shy away from?