October 28, 2017. Luke 16-17:10.
Who might we say are we most accountable to? Our spouse? Our boss? A business partner? Our parents? Ourselves? Or maybe it is our doctor or life coach? It could be our very best friend, or a counselor, or possibly an exercise trainer.
We can say that being accountable is also a responsibility or obligation and a willingness in how one accounts for their actions.
Or as Steven Covey shares: Accountability breeds Response-ability.
We read in the first thirteen verses of Luke16 of a spiritual lesson on responsibility, taught by Jesus about the dishonest steward.
(Luke 16:1) He also said to His disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
The rich man’s manager knew he would at some point be held accountable for how he managed his master’s property and finances, as he made provisions and leveraged his position for his own future. Jesus was trying to make a familiar point to His disciples, without being in agreement with the man’s dishonest ways.
And in verse ten we see the important point Jesus is making.
(Luke 16:10) He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
You see our Master and accountability partner should be Jesus Christ, because all that we have is a gift from God-the Owner and the Creator of everything!
(Deuteronomy 10:14) Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it.
Are we planning and taking action with an obligation for eternity?
Are we taking advantage of the privilege we have when we choose to be a child of The King?
How are we at managing the gifts, talents, time and money that our Master has given freely to us?
Are we about His business or our own? Jesus tells us that we cannot have two masters. Our complete devotion should be given to the LORD.
(Luke 16:13) No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches).
As children of the one true King, we should choose a complete devotion that is wholeheartedly to Him.
(I Peter 4:10) As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good servants of the manifold (diverseness) grace of God.
The choice is ours to make an investment in pleasing our Lord and Savior.
Let’s require of ourselves to be faithful, in our awareness, of being personally accountable to God, for His glory only.
Accountability is a commitment that we will have to keep before us each new day.