“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12: 36-37
I think accountability is one of the things that has been disregarded in the body of Christ. We often fall into a trap as Christians of thinking that people can’t hold us accountable or point out our sin because they are judging us, and because we are all imperfect, other people have no right to judge us. We often think that when others hold us accountable for our sins they are pronouncing guilt and a sentence on us for our sins because they are taking up the role of being ultimate judges. For the fear of coming across as judgmental, many of us have succumbed to accepting any type of behavior from each other, even the type of behavior that is against everything that GOD is. However, holding a fellow believer accountable for sin is a completely different thing than judging them. As Christians, we are not only accountable to GOD but also to other people and it is important that we reckon with this. We cannot just live anyhow, doing whatever we want to do just like everyone else because at the end of the day we have to account for our words and actions [Matthew 12: 36-37].
The reality of Scripture is that every person is accountable before a sovereign GOD. Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more, will be asked” (Luke 12:48). The word of God says we are the light of the world, a city set on the hill cannot be hidden. This means that GOD made us to be seen and noticed by the world so that through us His name can be glorified. As Christians, whether we like it or not, we are all like a city upon the hill. This means that people will look at us. They will observe how we think, speak, and act. They will take notice of our character, behavior, and attitude. We live so that GOD can be pleased with us and so that the world can see GOD in us. If my life is not doing the things I have just mentioned, then I am doing something wrong and I will have to give an account for it. We are not at liberty to live as we please because we are ambassadors of Christ and our assignment is far greater. So if ever you are called to account by your fellow believers, do so willingly, be open to correction and chastening. This is by no means a plot to disqualify and condemn you but rather that the light in you shines even brighter.
As Christians, we are not only accountable to GOD but also to other people and it is important that we reckon with this