We talked about accountability today at church. It makes me think of my cute little neighbor back when we lived in Colorado Springs in the mid-nineties. He must have been just three years old when he came to visit and told me he was learning RESPONSIBILITY. Such a long word for a little guy! Res-pon-si-bi-li-ty! It was hard for him to pronounce it, but he learned it. Today he is an awesome young man! God bless you, Bradley! God bless his mother who taught him well! God bless his dad!
Accountability is the responsibility we have towards God and our fellow man.
Here is a quote I picked up from the sermon today: Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results.
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Romans 14:2 ESV
When we stand before God there will be no excuses. We will not be able to put the blame on anybody. It will be just me/you and God.
For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:7-12 ESV
Jesus said that we will give an account for every careless word we speak.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:36,37 ESV
To be accountable is to take responsibility, like my cute neighbor Bradley was learning. Taking responsibility for our actions!
This morning I read an interesting account of what happened to Miriam, Moses’ sister, because of her jealous actions. It made me reflect on the seriousness of speaking against a servant of God.
Miriam and Aaron spoke against their brother Moses and asked if God had only spoken through him. Had he not spoken through them also?
The Bible tells us Moses was a very meek man, more than anybody else. God was not pleased with Aaron and Miriam, and he rebuked them saying,
“Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. 7 Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
Numbers 12:6-8 ESV
How were they made accountable for their actions? “The anger of the Lord was kindled against them,” and Miriam became leprous. Moses had to plead with God to forgive them and to heal Miriam. God heard his plea, but Miriam had to be shut outside the camp for seven days.
“Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!”
Psalm 105:15 ESV
King Saul hated David. One time he took three thousand chosen men to pursue him. Saul went into a cave to relieve himself, not knowing that David and his men were sitting in the cave. David’s men saw this as his opportunity for revenge. But David did not want to touch God’s anointed. What he did was cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. But he felt remorse for doing this and said to his men,
“The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed.” 1 Samuel 24:6 ESV
David persuaded his men not to attack Saul.
I have chosen “serve and obey” as the theme for this year—really, it’s the theme for my life. To serve and obey Jesus has been my passion as far back as I can remember. I’m accountable to God for my actions. The scariest part is that we will give an account for every careless word we speak.
We need to talk about this another time, about our careless words. We throw words around as if the wind would take them and blow them away forever. But that’s not the case.
I’m glad that I have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ!
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 ESV
I must repent time and again for careless words. Many times our words hurt someone, and we don’t even know it. Let’s make this week very special in being accountable for what we speak. May we serve and obey Jesus with wholesome words out of our mouth.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:6 ESV
This is the verse that inspired me to write the Salt and Pepper story. I wanted to talk about gracious speech. It has evolved into a story like the “Energizer,” that keeps going, and going, and going!
Have you checked it out? This week it’s chapter 22. In Spanish we are up to 30!
Welcome to read about Salt and Pepper with Daisy, and the Treasure Club at Miss Beatrice’s house.
Let me just put a period here. Or else, I will keep going, and going, and going. May you have a blessed week and a good start of February!