TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 11, 2017:
The obligation to report or justify something; to be held responsible, answerable; to be liable for.
Each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:12.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Often people do all they can to avoid responsibility. It seems that every year gets worse. From the time that Adam ate the forbidden fruit and blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent, men have done all they could to not be accountable for their sins.
In the eleventh chapter of II Samuel we are given the account of David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and David’s attempts to cover up his sin and escape accountability. We read in II Samuel 12: 9, 11 and 12 that God sent Nathan to hold David accountable before God for this sin.
These two incidents from scripture (Adam and Eve and David) show us how, by our own nature, we do not want to take the responsibility for our own wrong doing. We somehow always try to find a way to place the blame on someone else to cover up our guilt. When we fail to take responsibility for our wrong actions it often hurts an innocent person. Most people do not take into consideration that when we do “pass the buck” to someone else we are not fooling God and He holds us accountable. Hebrews 5:7 tells us: “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight”, and Romans 3:19 tells us we are held accountable.
God already knows everything we have done and as we read in Romans 14:12, “Each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
No one likes to admit that they are wrong especially when they know there are consequences. Our human nature makes us more than willing to accept accountability when the issue is favorable to us and puts us in a positive light. But we all have a sinful nature and when a situation puts us in a negative light we always look for a way to pass the blame. What we should do is admit our wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness.
God wants us to be accountable for our actions. As one gets older you soon realize that accepting accountability is what demonstrates that you are a person of integrity. Once a person loses that integrity it is very hard to gain it back. Integrity equips you to be a vessel that God can use. Holding yourself accountable to God allows God to mold you in His image and bless you in everyday situations.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 2:4.
Let each of you look out not only for his (or her) own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Dear God, just as You faced Adam in the garden and David, through Nathan, many years ago to be accountable for their sin, we ask You to keep our family accountable to what You have taught us from Your Word. May we take total responsibility for our actions and repent of our sins and strive to do what is right and pleasing in Your sight.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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