Discipleship moves in 3 directions: Up, In and Out
– We give up: We surrender our wills and our lives to God.
– We think up: We ask God to renew our minds especially as we fill them with his Scriptures.
– We look up: We pray regularly to God, primarily asking for knowledge to do his will and the power to carry it out.
– We love in: We move from me to we; from isolation to community
Practice #5. Accountability: Lean into accountability
– Refuse to make excuses. (Genesis 3)
– Accept the reality: I am accountable for my choices and for my life
– See 12 Rules for life. Author: Jordan B. Peterson
– Who will be held accountable by God?
_“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”._ Hebrews 4:13 NIV
_But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken._ Matthew 12:36 NIV
– We are all accountable to God Almighty.
– We think of holding somebody accountable as getting them into trouble, but accountability to God and other people is actually **a gift.**
– Throughout the New Testament we see that mutual accountability is a pathway to grow spiritually and to experience real transformation. (Hebrews 3:12-13)
The Practice of Mutual Accountability
1.Accountability is necessary because it helps me do **with somebody else** what I would not do all by myself.
Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
I Timothy 4:7-9
Beware of the Resistance
– If it’s vulnerable, I’ll always have that sense of resistance ahead of time and, then, **gratitude** afterward. (James 5:16)
2. Accountability works better when I invite it rather than when I endure it.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10:24
– Self-initiated accountability is the kind that really works rather than enforced accountability.
3. Accountability takes courage.
– Paul confronts Peter (Galatians 2:11-14)
4. Accountability is not just about avoiding what is bad; it’s about pursuing the good. (Colossians 3:23)
– The great accountability question:
– “What did you do with what you’ve been given?”
– Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young__, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
I Timothy 4:12
– Put away making excuses why you can’t…take personal responsibility.
– Find somebody you know and trust and tell them about one commitment you’ve made