Accountability is something we all need in our lives. I have recently had a fresh experience of it as a result of a discussion I had with some of my closest friends from college. We are all pastoring in local churches and are aware of the danger of spending time learning about God versus actually sitting down and spending time with Him. So we have made a commitment to each other to hold one another accountable in regards to spending daily and meaningful time with God. Accountability, when taken seriously, can have a powerful impact in your life. Take yesterday for example – I was feeling quite lazy and was trying to get out of my much needed time with God. But knowing that two of my brothers in Christ would be on my case for not honoring my commitment then spurred me on to spend time with God (which of course is always beneficial!) While this shouldn’t be my only reason to want to spend time with God on a daily basis we all have these kinds of days when we need a little bit of extra motivation. Accountability can be helpful in many different ways in the life of a disciple from daily time with God to fighting against habitual sin in one’s life.
These are two of my favorite verses when it comes to the power of accountability:
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend – Proverbs 27:17 NLT
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works – Hebrews 10:24 NLT
When we are open to the idea, and embrace it, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ can help sharpen us and motivate us to acts of love and good works. Accountability, when implemented correctly, can only make our lives better.