Accountability in today’s society seems to vary depending on your world view, ask yourself
1. What is my worldview of accountability?
2. What is my role in accountability?
3. Where am I in accountability?
4. What is wrong with accountability?
5. What is the answer to accountability?
According to *Merriam-Websters.com accountability is the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions <public officials lacking accountability>
I showed the teens a video about the “†Accountability Ninja” it really refers to the world view of accountability, the “I can’t do it, you do it for me” view, whereas a believer can boldly proclaims I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, even to the point where I can accept being held accountable.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend
Being sharpened may not be comfortable and at times sparks may fly, however you have to come to the understanding that it will require and investment, whether you are being held accountable or holding someone accountable.
Accountability will require you to invest yourself, your honesty with yourself and your accountability partner! Without honesty you are just wasting your time and theirs. It will also require your time, time invested in the word and time invested with your accountability partner. You’ll have to invest time in prayer seeking the Lord for direction and discernment and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And it will require and investment of your finances, meeting for coffee, lunch, etc. You have to make a conscience decision that you are going to make an investment in one of Gods children.
Why is accountability so important? Let’s take a look at Hebrews 6:1-2;
1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
The six basic foundation stones of the Christian faith are found in these two verses; they are:
1. Repentance from dead works
2. Faith toward God
3. Doctrine of baptisms
4. Laying on of hands
5. Resurrection of the dead
6. Eternal judgment.
What does accountability have to do with the foundation stones?
Accountability is the “Mortar” that keeps your foundation stones in place, it strengthens those who walk in it.
Look at what mortar does, in a typical block/brick the foundation is built upon like the picture below of our basement wall here at New Wine Fellowship,
Without mortar these blocks would not have the strength to hold the load of the building on top of it or the pressure form either side. As we walk out our salvation we have to invest in our foundation and in the foundation of others. The walk we are walking isn’t just for us it for those who need their foundation strengthened.
In James 5:16 the word states
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much
Mutual Confession, effective and fervent Prayers are an active ingredient of our mortar, if we leave out any of the ingredients we may just have sand. But it doesn’t stop there, let’s look at two words in this verse, look at effective and fervent. The synonym for effective is active, a verb (**remember school house rock “I get my thing in action “Verb”) active requires us to be in motion, and the synonym for fervent is fanatical that is doing something in an obsessive and dedicated fashion.
So we could translate the scripture to say:
“The active, fanatical prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
At the beginning I asked five questions which are a starting point, you could ultimately come up with hundreds of others for your personal life, however can you answer them honestly?
So I’ll ask:
1. Are you being held accountable?
2. So I have to ask are you being sharpened or sharping someone?
3. Are you keeping someone accountable?
4. Are you active and fanatical in your prayer life?
5. And lastly does your mortar have all the ingredients?
I pray that you are allowing accountability to bring you to a greater level of maturity so your mortar is complete and that you are someone else’s mortar as they work out and walk out their salvation.
~ Pastor Jose
NKJV scripture used