Accountability is a word that is used in many various ways by today’s society. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, defines it as “a concept in ethics with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as answerability, enforcement, responsibility , blameworthiness, liability and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving.”
Andres Schedler, in his book The Self-Restraining State: Power and Accountability in New Democracies, defines it as "A is accountable to B when A is obliged to inform B about A’s (past or future) actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct.”
In God’s Word, the Holy Bible, it is given this way “For it is written, as I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:11-12 KJV.
Let me use this illustration. Have you ever watched a tennis match on TV or in person? Did you notice the elevated seat located at the end of the net on the sideline? Upon that seat sits the Judge, an official who looks on and rules on how the participants are playing the game. As believers in Christ live here on earth, God is watching. He will try everything that we do from the time we are saved until we die or get caught away. Our works will be judged and we will give an account to God. This will occur when we stand before the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
You will be held accountable!
Learn more about this and your accountability by signing up today to study course # 52300 The Bema Seat. It is taught by Dr. Charles Wagner and contains five lessons.