11.28.17 Prayer Prompt: The Dirty Word, “Accountability”

PRAYER PROMPT ••• There’s a word that has gone out of style in our culture. 

It’s been missing, in both conversation and application, for quite a few years. 

But that doesn’t mean it’s gone. 

I am speaking, of course, about “accountability.” 

Okay, a little tongue in cheek for first thing in the morning. 

But doesn’t it seem like the truth? 

For many, the concept of being accountable is as offensive as a four-lettered word. 

It’s always someone else’s fault. 

“If I messed up it’s because they didn’t give me enough time; they didn’t give me enough resources; I didn’t know where to look; so-and-so kept interrupting me; it was too hard.” 

Y’all have no idea how hard it is not to be sarcastic right now. 

Seriously. 

I could spend a day on this topic and how much lack-of-accountability (aka, entitlement) frustrates me. 

But at some point, we’re all going to answer for our actions, our attitudes, and our choices. 

Even our thoughts. 

All of them. 

That idea should terrify us. 

Romans 14:12 says, “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” 

And Hebrews 4:13 reiterates it, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” 

We’re not going to be able to pass the buck of responsibility or blame anyone else. 

It’s on us as individuals. 

Because as we all know – we have choices. 

They aren’t always easy ones with clean and easy answers. 

But we have choices. 

Especially when it comes to following God’s word and obeying Him. 

Abraham was told to offer Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22). 

He had a choice to make. 

This was the child he and his wife longed for; the one God promised him. 

Any parent would understand if Abraham had said, “No.” 

We could argue there was no choice to be made! 

But there was. 

Abraham made the hard choice to trust and obey. 

And that’s what our accountability boils down to too. 

Do we have the same courage to trust and obey God? 

We will have to stand before Him one day and answer that. 

Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to keep you accountable. 

Ask Him to remind you of the choices you have and to help you make decisions that honor God and follow His direction.

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