Every breathing soul who ever draws a breath on this planet, whether they believe in God or not, will one day give an account to God about how they live their life down here on planet Earth.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
One of my richest blessings as a Christian is the continued blessings I receive from my understanding and application of accountability in my everyday walk with God. Hopefully what I’m going to share with you today might bless you on your walk with the Lord as well.
First of all, and most importantly, we must all believe and embrace the God truth that we are all accountable to God for every deed we perform, every word we utter and every thought we think.
Secondly we must realize that we are also accountable to each other if we are going to live in harmony with our fellow man and live to love and serve each other.
Thirdly (and here’s where accountability has served me well and contributed greatly to my growth in the Lord over the years) I have engaged several accountability partners who have become intimate transparent vulnerable lifelong best friends.
One of my accountable partners I’ve been friends with for almost 40 years. We lived in the same city in Alabama for 25 years. We spent untold hours in lawn chairs on his patio for years spilling our guts and sharing our struggles and our trials, our weaknesses and victories, and our marriage relationships–being totally transparent, vulnerable and totally honest with each other. What a blessing to have an accountability partner like that.
One of the tools that enhanced our efforts as partners in accountability was a list of questions we would ask each other and answer each week. These questions were powerful, penetrating questions that forced each of us to be honest. I’m praying that you might find value in your own walk with the Lord.
I’m including that list of questions here. I’m hoping you’ll find value in the questions and value in the blessings of engaging an accountability partner to embellish and enrich your own walk with the Lord.
1. Have you prayed for your wife and children today?
2. Have you said or done anything for which you need to ask for forgiveness?
3. Have you read and studied God’s word today?
4. What are you anxious or worried about right now?
5. Are you more focused on the world than on God and eternity right now? Why?
6. Have you served, blessed, or encouraged anyone this week without expecting anything in return?
7. Is anything keeping you from being obedient to God’s word and allowing Jesus to live his life through you?
8 Have you answered all 7 of these questions completely honestly?