“Always be a man answerable to God, and to be held accountable for my actions.”
This in my opinion is one of the greatest causes of the collapse of our society. No one is held accountable, and God is almost always never in the picture. No one wants to take responsibility and they want to blame others for your short comings.
So many times I hear the craziest excuses, when often times the easiest answer is the truth. It all started with “the dog ate my homework”. Now, it’s I couldn’t help it, I have ADD/ADHD. Or I couldn’t help it, my life situation made me who I am today. Or I have a hard life, you couldn’t possibly know what I am going through… I heard one of the best analogies the other day; the same boiling water makes a potato soft and an egg hard. It isn’t about your surroundings, but what matters is what you are made of. I want to be made of all things true and noble, a man answerable to God. After all, the truth will set you free. If you are telling the truth, you don’t have to remember what lie you told last to keep the story going.
So what does it look like to be answerable to God and being held accountable for your actions? The best answer, be different. We are called to be foreigners, aliens, and even set apart from this world. This isn’t our home. So why do we spend so much of our lives trying to fit in and please man? Being answerable to God is never going to be easy. You have to come face to face with your Father and admit where you are falling short and vow to never willingly do it again. Being accountable for your actions means that sometimes we will be punished. And sometimes that guilt that we put on ourselves is worse than any punishment. We feel locked up, like we are in chains because of the guilt weighing us down. Does that mean that God no longer loves us, of course not. Why do you think our parents used to say “this is going to hurt me more than it is you” when they were punishing us? It was hard to believe that as a young kid, but I get it now. And how are we to learn from our mistakes if we are never punished for our wrongdoings?
Being a man answerable to God also requires a great deal of discernment. How do we know if something is an open door or a distraction? This question was recently given to me when I was trying to make a tough decision, and I will now use this as a compass to help guide me through tough decisions. Too many times in life we do what we want to do and never want to face or own up to the consequences. This has got to change. It is time for us to stand and face what we have coming to us: good, bad, or ugly. When we take this stand, others will take notice and no matter the outcome it can be used as a teachable moment. So take ownership of your actions and answer for what you have done; only then can you truly know what you are made of. Hopefully we wont have to throw you into a pot of boiling water just to find out.