No man is an island.” No man can stand alone! You and I need one another. Always, be mindful not to burn any bridges, you may need to cross that bridge again. In essence these familiar and old adages do carry real meaning.
When you think of the word accountable what is one of the first thoughts that comes to your mind? I can imagine it does take a few moments to ponder the answer to this question. Do you sense that life is really made up of a man or woman, a preacher or a teacher that you will eventually need to become accountable to?
It probably isn’t a conscience decision to decide that I have to answer to another individual. Yes, It is a fact that now I am grown and what I do is my own business. That sounds good, but it really won’t stand the test of time.
Giving Account to God:
“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” St. Matthew 12:36 Many have not stopped to consider what they are saying. Every man will have to give account to God for the idle words that come out of his/her mouth. That simply means that God hears every word we say. Another verse in the Bible says this. . . ”For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20
Remember, someone can be seriously wounded in their spirit, because a person refuses to choose the proper way to address an individual by not guarding the way in which we speak to them. God is the invisible visitor wherever we might be. He weighs the good and He weighs the bad. We are not our own. God is my creator and maker, the guardian over my soul and He is presently observing my order of life.
Our world has the wrong concept, saying. . . “I am independent and what do I need with a God that I cannot see with my eyes or touch with my hands?” So, therefore, why do I have to answer to someone who I do not believe exists? “I’m my own boss, and I know I have ALL the answers!” What a travesty.
When man decides to give an account to God for the smallest matter or when facing problems of great magnitude then life will get better when we allow him to be in control. He is far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion.” Ephesians 1:21 The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In ALL THY WAYS acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-7a
We all need a reliable source that will stand the “test of time.” Everything is crumbling at the seams, but God and His word will stand forever. What an amazing fact; what an awesome reality! Just think about it – God won’t discuss your faults or failures with your friends or loved ones. He is a God that you can always rely on and trust. When you make the choice to give an account to Him in prayer you can rest assured that the outcome is going to be just fine.
Being Accountable to Man:
Children should give an account to their parents. Husband and wives should share mutual love and respect for one another. This attitude brings about a cohesive demonstration when you submit one to another.
When you become accountable to each other in the fear of the Lord it pays off when you honor one another in our relationships – God will reciprocate. Be mindful of the example set by Christ. . . He was subject to His Father in all things. St. Luke 2:49 You will need someone as a mentor, you will need someone as your teacher and instructor. These are sources of help!
It takes a person with a big heart to change from their own way of thinking and to see the importance of submitting to another in the “fear of the Lord.” Don’t isolate yourself from others, stay connected to those that can play a vital role in your growth.
When it comes to criminal acts of violence that have perpetrated upon an innocent victim the person that is found guilty of the crime by the preponderance of the evidence, must be accountable for their own actions. Whether or not they want to admit that they are guilty, yet they still will have to PAY for their wrong doing. More than likely that person will have to go to jail or prison according to the magnitude of their offense.
In this scenario the guilty party must be accountable to the victim’s family, the counselor and the judge. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Someone is just too big to apologize and show remorse for the wrong they have done. The Holy Spirit wants to help that person admit their shortcomings by showing compassion for those that they have victimized and devastated.
It takes a very special individual to demonstrate a Christian attitude by saying “I am not on my own I need help.” God has placed others in our lives for a purpose, so then I can now begin to realize that through them I can be accountable. It may be my husband, my father, brother or just a friend.
Emotional and spiritual growth comes through properly relating to others.
“But He giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth
the proud, but giveth grace unto the HUMBLE.” James 4:6