The cost of Christian accountability
Often times I’m invited into the homes of friends, family, and congregants whether it be a birthday party, a simple visit, counseling, or prayer. The first thing I do, as any other God honoring man would do, is fight the urge to judge your entire life’s collection of stuff with my eyes. Of course, I’m joking, but seriously, you can learn a lot about someone by the way they dress, talk, or even by the type of car they drive, the house they live in and the things they own.
Once in a home you can quickly tell by the pictures on the wall if they are married, have kids, come from a big family, were a late bloomer in the looks department, or in my case you would discover that I indeed, once had hair! I know, hard to believe I myself forget sometimes. Pictures are often our most important possessions. Here’s the thing though, no matter how beautiful your family portrait is, if it’s crooked I won’t be able to take my eyes off of it. Not in a good way either. It drives me crazy and I don’t want to be rude but just like every driver in Arizona that drives 20 miles per hour at the sight of a routine traffic stop I can’t help but wonder how you didn’t notice it or didn’t care enough to fix it.
As believers and followers of Christ sin in our life is just like this. We don’t notice it because it either slowly became a problem or we just got used to it. We can’t see it so it doesn’t bother us. It takes a friend who we’ve invited in to our lives to point it out so that we can fix it! This Sunday we will be counting the cost of Christian accountability. It is simultaneously beautiful and painful but it is one of God’s most efficient ways of sanctifying us and making us more like Him! We avoid it because we don’t want to come across as holier than thou or judgy and on the flip side unfortunately, so many of us have been hurt by other believers with bad or misguided intentions. What is the risk in accountability and what is the reward? Is the pain worth the gain? Will you join in His plan for your life and others? Or will you avoid it because of the hurt it might cause?