Accounting to who?

6 July 2014

Almost every person i meet believes that they have someone that they account their lives to. Whether they are accountable to themselves because of a promise they made to themselves before, or accountable to their parents, spouses, government or employer – they are accountable in large part to someone.

And whether we acknowledge it or not, we are accountable to society for our conduct. If we break the law, we pay a price for it. But there are many different levels of accountability.

If we believe that we are ultimately accountable to God, whether for the big or small things, that would also impact the way we conduct our lives in a very significant way. Because God is omniscient, He knows what we do even in secret – and so we have no way to escape His judgment. But without God, we are only accountable to the extent the person we are accountable to can find out – otherwise, there is a strong temptation to “cheat” the system.

We can cheat the world, but we cannot cheat God.

Galatians 6:7-8 says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

There is both comfort and fear in this verse. The comfort to know our good deeds never go unnoticed, but also the fear that our misconduct will also be noted. There is a judge, there is an accounting, whether Christian or not – to the One who is, and who was and who is to come.

Father, may my heart be ever ready to acknowledge your watchful care and eyes over me. May i conduct my life in reverence to you and also in joyful anticipation of the goodness that is to come. May i live my life as a pleasing offering to you Lord. Show me and teach me how.


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