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 14:11-12 ESV
Every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We then will be accountable to Christ.
Accountability is important in the Christian life. We are first accountable to Jesus Christ who has given us life and called us into fellowship with Him. We also are accountable to others God places in our lives. This accountability ensures we remain faithful to our calling as a followers of Christ. It keeps us focused on the mission and purposes we have been set out to accomplish.
It is hard to be accountability because it is hard to humble ourselves in order to receive correction and guidance. We must yield our individual rights for God’s purposes and be willing to be teachable. One of the greatest tools in this accountability is the Word of God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
There are four areas of guidance the Word of God provides in our accountability.
Teaching: It first provides the foundation of our Christian understanding by teaching us God’s ways and purposes. The doctrines of our faith, the precepts of God’s Word lay the foundation for the life we are to live. We do not have to guess what or how we are to live because we have been provided full understanding.
Reproof: There are times when we find ourselves on the side of the road and in the ditch. Because of sin we may not even be aware of our true condition. To us it is just another day of struggle. The Word of God quickly reveals to us when we have gone astray, when we are off course. It reproofs us and points out our waywardness.
Correction: Once the light of God’s Word is shed on our condition then God begins to provide a correction to our current situation. He shows us how to get out of the ditch and to get ourselves back on the road. The corrective course may come through a Christian friend who speaks into our lives and provides insights into how we may correct our thinking and decision making. These are important accountable relationships who we trust in order to receive Godly counsel.
Training: Once we return to our corrected path and on the path God has set before us, then the Word of God provides further teaching on how to proceed. We are reminded of the truth of God’s Word and how we are to continue on this journey with God’s guidance and the accountability of others. Training will prepare us not to make the same mistakes. It equips us with the skills to remain on the path set before us.
We will all give an account of ourselves to God. As we prepare for that day may we learn to live according to His principles and remain true to His purposes. We will all bow down and proclaim Jesus as Lord. May our daily lives make the proclamation today that He is Lord.
Jesus may you be Lord over every area of our lives. Place in our lives your Word and individuals who will keep us accountable as we give an account of ourselves to you. Equip us to walk the path set before us.