I was once taught to have an accountability partner while dating; someone to help me stay pure and keep me within the boundaries of not commuting sexual sin (in the mind or the actual act).
More recently I’ve heard of other people having multiple accountability partners because they agree to form a group to keep each other accountable for their commitment to no longer drink, or to deal honestly, or to not watch porn, or to not smoke, or to speak kind words instead of cutting words. It is a way to break addictions, harmful habits, or keep from sinking deep in sin. With accountability partners, I guess they’re supposed to look out for our best interest and we in turn look out for the interest of the person we are holding accountable.
Yet, shouldn’t this responsibility already be in the relationships we hold with dear friends and family members. Sadly, it isn’t always like this.
Anyway, my reason for sharing the text below is because we really only have one person we are and will be accountable to. That person is God. Whether you believe that He is or not, whether you serve Him or not. We will each give an account of ourselves to Him.
Well, I don’t know about you, but for me a weight has been lifted off of me. I’m a couple of pounds lighter because now I don’t need to live trying to prove myself to anyone. And I am one step further to being free of the opinions of others and trying to please people who care about the things that don’t matter. Besides, as my co-pastor said, what do they have to do with me going to heaven or hell.
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. ~ Romans 14:12 NIV
YOU’RE ONLY ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD
Too many people never get around to fulfilling God’s purpose for their life because they’re so busy keeping everyone else happy. The world is filled with people who think they know what you should be doing with your life.
But the Bible says you will give an account to God, not anyone else, of how you’ve lived. So if you’re not already doing so, you need to start living in a way that will enable you to stand before Him without shame.
Are you daring enough to follow your heart rather than the crowd? Are you focused even when many voices try to draw you away from your purpose?
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who wait for something to happen and those who make things happen. God has called you to do great things for His Kingdom, don’t shy away from it.
You need to be intentional. You need to live life on purpose. Don’t just wait around to see what everyone else is going to do and then follow the crowd. Stir yourself up, make a decision, and get going!
Prayer: Lord, I only want to live my life to please You, not others. I boldly step into the purpose You have for me. I will not sit back, but I will purposefully live my life for You.
From “Promises For Your Everyday Life – A Daily Devotional”