25. MINISTERIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

"Paul never forgot the responsibility resting on him as a minister of Christ, or that if souls were lost through unfaithfulness on his part, God would hold him accountable. 'Whereof I am made a minister,' he declared of the gospel, 'according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: whereunto I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily' (Colossians 1:25-29)."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Accountability--the obligation to report or justify something to God and to people; to be responsible; to be answerable (the implication is that one doesn't live to himself/herself; he/she must answer for his/her actions).

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Ministry is inextricably tied up with God and people. The minister, according to 1 Corinthians 4, must be found faithful because he functions between God and His church. Accountability is real.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I live in a manner that shows my accountability. I deliberately open myself for review even as I review the acts and attitudes of others. I do so with a spirit of humility and love, not as a judge.
  • To make accountability systematic and deliberate I will arrange or cooperate with periodic meetings where what I do and why I do it can be reviewed/discussed. I welcome such a review.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, accountability can be awkward at times. There is this tendency to act in and of ourselves. We sometimes feel offended if someone questions our actions or attitudes. But this is not the spirit that Christ would have us to have. We are His stewards and managers, and we must be found faithful and accountable.