“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
– Hebrews 13:17
Accountability in the faith seem to be a topic that is rarely discussed. But it’s such a vital subject for our growth as believers.
What does it mean to get accountable? It means to have someone who watches over your soul with you.
Being accountable means to submit to someone you can discuss your growth in the faith with. Accountability demands you find someone mature to share your strengths, failings and weaknesses with.
We see scriptures infer the need for believers to get accountable. Our opening scripture clearly reveals this.
The writer of Hebrews instructs believers to submit to those who rule within the local church. Why? They watch for your souls and will give account to the Lord on your behalf.
If this will be a reality, you must be accountable. If you aren’t, watching for your soul and giving an account to the Lord becomes difficult or even non-existent.
For instance, the bible says in James 5:14 that:
“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”
How can this be possible except accountability was already in play?
Let’s look at another text.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
When a man in Christ falls, restoration can only made possible if he is accountable to those who are spiritual.
Accountability is a big deal in the faith. It is not a side talk. Take it seriously.
You can tell by now that joining and submitting to a local church is a major way of getting accountable. Get acquainted with your pastors, leaders and members.Don’t be a stranger.