Who left the wet towels on the bathroom floor?” I once asked my nine year old son.
“She did,” he said pointing at his indignant little sister.
“What!” she exclaimed. “I didn't!”
I never really found out who left the towels on the floor, but I did discover something with my children. As children of God we often act the same way. We refuse to be accountable for our actions.
If accountability is necessary for society to operate in a civilized manner, consider how much more essential it is necessary for Christians. No one escapes accountability. In one way or another, we are accountable. A good example is the fact that laws exist in our country that we must obey, and if we break them, we face the consequences. As Christians we have standards that God sets for our actions, and if we break those, there are consequences. Accountability is accepting responsibility for your actions.
The Bible says that God holds us accountable. "So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). Personal accountability for my actions is not an option. Knowing the Word is necessary to live a good Christian life. How I live it is something for which I will answer. Christians are also accountable to one another. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes that as Christians we are all part of the same body. We all belong to the body of Christ. Each one of us needs or belongs to each other. This Scripture reveals the importance of accountability between fellow Christians. It is important to have at least one other person in which to confide. Someone to pray with, and listen to you are necessary in the Christian walk.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Confession to another is good for the soul. This is accountability that opens your spirit to His liberating healing of all that binds you. It is accountability to God that sets you free.