Accountability: The Path to True Freedom

In our society today the definition of freedom has become distorted into something that is actually robbing many, many people of true freedom. The world has confused freedom with indulgence. For the believer we must take our definition from the Word of God. Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (NIV)

As believers we need accountability; we are accountable to God and to each other. Accountability is not about controlling people but about enabling them to discover the freedom that exists in making wise choices. Accountability is about character development—learning to love the truth, learning to precede truth with grace and to follow it with mercy, love, patience, and kindness.

In our development of people, it is so vital that we disciple them properly in terms of their experience and response to the Word of God. We can read Scripture and enjoy its insights, perceptions, and principles. We also use Scripture to develop a relationship with Christ, the Living Word. Our own accountability must be clearly seen as operational and working effectively. As a rule, I will never make myself vulnerable to people of lesser character than myself. Nor am I happy to receive truth from someone when I cannot see any evidence of accountability in their own life.

Accountability is about having people face their potential, their identity, and their destiny. We must examine all the obstacles in the life of people that would prevent the Word from coming to pass. It is vital in the context of pursuing the future that we come to a place of self-government so that our power and anointing are not compromised. We need both vertical and horizontal accountability—to God and man. Accountability in its finest sense is more than submission to rules and regulations. It’s about the agreement to be righteous. As our relationship with Christ grows our desire to do what pleases Him blossoms into beautiful and loving ways to serve others.

Accountability helps people discover true freedom, the freedom that only Christ can give. Romans 10:14-15 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”