Happy Friday! This week seems to have flown by and with it, went my very good intentions of writing several posts this week. So here I am, it's already dark out (which I am still having a hard time adjusting to) and I'm waiting for my sweet hubby to get home from work. But before he arrives, I wanted to leave you with a little something to chew on.
The past couple months, my small group has been studying the book of Romans. I am a huge Romans fan, so I have been thoroughly enjoying revisiting these scriptures. But it never ceases to amaze me how whenever I re-read the text, there is always something new that jumps out at me. Here's what got me this time. Chapter 3:19 says, "Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God." Just to give you a quick idea of what's going on in this chapter... Paul is teaching about how the law is not grounds for righteousness. He talks about how it is through faith that we are credited righteousness, and that "through the law we become conscious of sin" and aware of our need for a savior. (It's a great chapter, if you're not familiar check it out.)
But now I need to apologize because I'm pulling a chunk out of the verse that is somewhat out of context, (forgive me) but it's a phrase that's had me thinking the past couple weeks. It's the idea of being held accountable to God.
I am a big advocate for accountability. I think sometimes it gets a bad rep like it's just for people in AA or a churchy-small group sort of word, but I think it's much more than that. For me it's having a person (or two.. or six) who is willing to hold me responsible for my actions. More specifically, it's someone I can depend on to help me stick to the goals I've set for myself, who pushes and encourages me when I'm struggling to stay disciplined, and someone who is willing to call me out when I'm acting like a fool.
As I was reading these verses, and thinking about the fact that we are held accountable to God for our actions, I couldn't help but ask myself, why isn't this truth enough? When I went to a friend's wedding from high school a couple weeks ago, I went into it knowing that I was going to be tempted to have more than my share of beverages. There were many days in my past that I dabbled in the fun of having a few too many [and it's definitely still a struggle sometimes], but now I know that's not how I want to live my life. Knowing this, I texted my sister and said "hey, will you hold me accountable to making good choices tonight?" For whatever reason, even the simple act of reaching out and asking someone to be aware of what I'm doing, is enough to remind me and motivate me to make good choices. But what gets me is, why isn't the fact that God knows what I am doing, and knows the decisions I'm going to make before I make them... why is that not enough to motivate me to do the right thing?
Don't get me wrong, I know that God created us for community, to need each other's support and encouragement. I'm not discounting that, and I'm definitely not going to go ditching my accountability partners! Having you guys in my life has made a huge difference in helping me work towards being more Christ-like, and encouraging me to pursue the hopes and dreams that He's given me.
What I am hoping to do though, is put more emphasis on the truth that I don't just have to rely on my husband or sister or whoever else I've asked to hold me responsible. The God who created me wants to be a part of my life and help me be the very best that He created me to be.
My hope and prayer moving forward is that knowing that, would be the motivation and encouragement I need to not only make good choices in the sticky situations, but to push myself in the goals and dreams that I feel He has laid out for me.