Fighting Sin: Accountability

Hebrews 10:23-25: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Accountability is a very important way to fight sin, but what is accountability? To call to account is (according to the dictionary) “to challenge or contest” or “to hold answerable for.” Another way to look at it is this: Let’s say I have a hard time resisting eating chocolate and I eat too much of it. I realize this is a problem, so I call Becca and Grace and tell them about my problem and I ask them to pray for me. The next day Becca calls me and tells me she’s praying for me and asks me if I’ve eaten too muchchocolate that day. A couple of days later Grace calls and asks me the same things. In this situation Becca and Grace are holding me accountable, they are reminding me not to eat too much chocolate and they are praying that God will give me self-control over what I eat.  That’s what accountability is, asking how someone is doing in a particular area and praying for them. This is a very helpful thing. Especially when you feel like you can’t get over a certain sin. It’s really encouraging to know someone else is praying for me.

Now, who should I be accountable to? Well, first of all God. He is the ultimate Authority and we have to be accountable to Him first and foremost. We do this by obeying His Word (but that’s another post:)

For teens the most important means of accountability is our parents. They are our main counselors and disciples. It’s very important to our relationship with them to be open and tell them everything. There are so many times when I feel weighed down by something, a sin or a circumstance, and I take this to my parents. I tell them about it and they’re always willing to help me. They talk me through my sin until we get to the root and then they point me to verses and to the gospel. I always come away from those conversations feeling refreshed. If this is hard for you I urge you to put aside your fears (and pride!) and talk to them! It is so important for your parents to be your main accountability. It is so important to talk to them about everything! That’s why God gave you parents!

The last group of people we need to be accountable to is our friends and peers. This can be done in a couple of ways. In a small group setting (particularly if you’re an adult and a member of a church, but it can also be in youth group), or maybe just a oneonone conversation or email exchange. I find it so encouraging to know one (or more!) of my friends is praying for me. It’s also encouraging to receive emails with verses of encouragement sent by a friend.

Accountability is important because on our own we could never make it. God (being the brilliant God He is) has given us people to run this race with. So when we stumble or fall, they are there (by God’s grace) to pick us up again or (as the case may be) carry us along the way. Please take advantage of the gifts God has given us!

Before I end this post I have to recommend a sermon for you to listen to. The best preacher ever (my dad:) preached a sermon on this not too long ago. Please take the time to listen to it! Click HERE

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Where are we?

We’re so sorry for our lack of blogging recently! Grace and I just finished moving   to a different house in the area and then we were on a week vacation that we just returned from! Life is busy!!

So, now we thought you would like to know our plan for the future (all of this is Lord willing!)

Starting next week we will be trying to post 3 posts every week. One topic each week written by each one of us. This is our goal. It may not happen every week because of all the things going on in our lives right now but, that is the plan.

So next week we will be doing a topic on Defeating Sin. Please come back next week when we start this series.

-Becca for the innominables