Accountability

Cathy Hurtado

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." Galatians 6:7-8

Today, I am thinking about accountability and how devious my own heart can be.  I don't know about you, but my heart doesn't always want what is best for me.  Recently, I realized that I wouldn't be present at our weekly accountability meeting.  One of the first thoughts that came into my mind was, "Great, I can relax.  This week it doesn’t matter if…"  But it does matter.  It affects my spiritual health.  God knows, and I can't be close to someone that I am avoiding or too busy for.  We also reap what we sow.  If I don't connect with God, it affects my attitude, the effectiveness of my ministry, and my closeness with God.  Continued over time, it would lead to my destruction as I reap the consequences of the choices I make outside the will of God.  I hate that after all these years of walking with God, the thought that I don’t need to seek God today can enter my mind.  That's why I am so committed to asking and answering the accountability question, "How many days did you allow God to speak to you through His word?"  I need it because my flesh doesn't always want to do what I know I need - to spend time with God.

God tells us in Matthew 6:33 to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.  I want to challenge us today to focus on the word "first."  What will it take for you to seek God first?  What distracts you from seeking God first? What keeps you too busy to spend time with God?  What excuses do you give yourself for doing everything but seeking God?  When we can identify the distractions in our lives, then we can rearrange our lives so that we seek first the kingdom of God and reap spiritual growth and spiritual blessings for our lives.

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