READING: 1 Thessalonians 5
From the beginning of the Bible, God has held people accountable for their actions. From His pursuing sinful Adam (Gen 3:9) to His announcing judgment on Adam and Eve (Gen 3:14-19), God laid the foundation for accountability. Further, the Scriptures often speak of our responsibility to encourage and admonish others (e.g., 1 Thess 5:14—“And we exhort you, brothers and sisters: warn those who are idle, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone”).
While I don’t believe that using accountability questions is the end-all of accountability, I do think it’s wise to ask one another important questions throughout the week. Perhaps this list that I give to my students will help you to ask others—and to evaluate your own life today:*
- Have you been with a member of the opposite gender anywhere this past week that might be seen as compromising?
- Is there anyone other than your spouse for whom you are developing feelings?
- Have you exposed yourself to any sexually explicit material?
- Have any of your financial dealings lacked integrity?
- Have you spent adequate time in Bible study and prayer?
- Have you given priority time to your family?
- Have you shared Christ with anyone this week?
- Who is closer to God this week because of your life?
- Have you fulfilled your calling to the best of your God-given ability this week?
- Are you hiding anything?
- Have you just lied to me?
PRAYER: “Father, help me to live in such a way that I’d be unafraid to answer these questions.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Chronicles 35-36, Acts 9:26-10:8
*Several of these questions come from Chuck Colson’s book, The Body.