BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 12:36; 1SAMUEL 19:18
But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:10-12(NKJV).
One of the key ingredients of being a true disciple is accountability (both to God and to other believers/disciples). The following are a few benefits of being accountable to leadership:
• An authority figure will hold you responsible to ensure you maintain your discipleship disciplines (Hebrews 13:17).
• It will strengthen your character to make you become more Christlike (Ephesians 4:11-12).
• It will instill the Fear of the Lord in you and protect you from falling into besetting sins (Hebrews 12:1; Galatians 6:1).
• It will help you grow spiritually (Ephesians 4:13).
• You will receive encouragement to carry on even when you feel like giving up (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thess. 5:14).
1 Peter 5:5(NKJV) says, Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
God has placed leaders over you who are your pastors and teachers and as fellow disciples of Jesus Christ, you are expected to submit to them too because they will in turn give an account of your life to God. Hebrews 13:17 says Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
As a disciple, you are expected to be a good steward of everything God has entrusted into your care i e your time, resources, words as well as your body because all that you have does not belong to you and you must account for everything before Him. Luke 12: 47-48; *And that servant who knew his master’s will and did not prepare himself to do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Just like our Lord Jesus Whose disciple you are was totally submitted to God and died on the Cross for you, although He was hesitant at some point. He knew that He would be required to account for the reason He was sent to earth, therefore He eventually yielded to the One Whose He is, so must you at all times because 1 Corinthians 3:23 says You are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Lord, I thank You for Your Word that is ever a compass for my life. Forgive me for the times I neglected Your Word. I receive the grace to live a life of complete yieldedness to Your Will and to Your Word in Jesus’ Name.