As an introduction to the ABCs of Faith series, accountability will kick us off for the letter A! Staying accountable to God, to yourself, and to a godly mentor are all Biblical principles and necessary to walk out the Christian life. Join us on our Blogging Through the Alphabet journey and check out the other A posts linked at the bottom of this page! Don’t forget to check out my co-hosts, Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool and Kirsten at DoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life. Grab this button and join us!
First, I want to talk about faith foundations and why I’m addressing accountability first and not the basics of salvation. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this blog, you have already proclaimed yourself as a follower of Christ – you’re a Christian. You might have been a Christian for decades now, or maybe only a few years, or maybe only a few hours. If you’re reading this blog it’s most likely because you’ve already made the proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ. I’ll later get into teachings contrary to the Bible, but wanted to make this assumption public before moving forward with the series. I am not stating that accountability, or any article in this series, comes before faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ. THAT is foundation, and it is first.
That said, it is Biblical that we should have accountability in our faith. (See Hebrews 11, and 1 Corinthians 3.) We are first and foremost accountable to God Himself; to God the Father in the end, of course, but also to the Holy Spirit in our every day doings. It is in learning to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and to heed it that the entire Christian walk depends. We are instructed to spend time reading God’s Word so that we learn His character, so that we are able to recognize when things are or are not within His will. Spending this time with God and getting to know Him in relationship is the first way in which we are accountable as Christians.
The second way we are to have accountability as Christians is to ourselves. So much of the time I see people whose faith seems to be all about pleasing other people. It seems to be about approval of deeds, or acknowledgement that they are doing things right. The Bible says (see Matthew 6) to go before God in private; what is born in the intimacy of this private relationship will be rewarded in the open. It says that if your relationship with God is entirely lived out in public that you have already received your reward. We have accountability to ourselves to make sure our heart is in the right place. Are you seeking relationship with Christ and not approval by people? Are you checking off a “to do” list (crafted by you or by others)? Or are you fostering and nurturing a relationship as you would a marriage or a friendship?
The final way we have accountability as Christians is to a mentor. The Bible calls it “godly counsel” (Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 13:10), but today we would think of it as mentorship. Maybe it’s a pastor or leader in your faith community, the friend who led you to the Lord, a parent or parent-type figure in your life who is strong in their faith. — Your mentor should be someone you trust and from whom you can hear the truth even when it isn’t easy to hear. It’s about having someone to help you stay true to your commitment, and to help you grow in faith.
This all comes back to relationship with Christ. He uses the things which are familiar to us to teach us the things we don’t yet understand. Relationship is one of those things. Stay accountable to God through the reading of His Word. Stay accountable to yourself with regular heart checks and making your faith a personal relationship with Christ. Find a mentor who can hold you accountable to what you say you believe so that you can grow. These are foundational to growing up in the Lord.
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