By:  Wanda Fielder

Today while reading on the topic of New Year’s resolutions, one particular suggestion that was given was asked in the form of a question.  How am I going to hold myself accountable?  This caught my attention, and I began to think of the importance of accountability in every area of our lives.

If your goal for the year is weight loss, it is to your advantage to be accountable to a partner or a group such as Weight Watchers.  If fitness and health are your new determinations, it is advisable to join a gym or health club so that you have someone to keep tabs on your progress and offer encouragement toward your goal.

While recently visiting someone dear to me who had unfortunately been incarcerated, I advised that it was vital for her future success to become accountable to someone upon her release.  Amazingly that very day she had been taught that same advice from officials in her quarters.  Accountability provides guardrails and boundaries where weakness or slackness might cause failure.

For a marriage to be successful there certainly has to be a measure of accountability.  The vows made in matrimony require a commitment of accountability to one another.  Trust is built through standards of accountability.

It is no less important that we as Christians follow this same admonition – in fact it is crucial to a successful walk with God.  We must have accountability.  Of course, it goes without saying that we are all accountable to God; however, He has placed people in authority in our lives to help us on our journey.  Ephesians 4:11 so perfectly explains, And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.  In verse 12 he gives the purpose for these ministries.  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.  And finally in verse 13 we come to understand why.  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.  All of this accountability is to prepare us to meet our Lord at His return.  Be accountable to your pastor who is watching for your soul.  Explain when it is necessary to miss church services, and you will find you that you miss less frequently. 


Accountability breeds response-ability.  Stephen Covey



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