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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell

Accountability.


It's the first of the month and I've decided to do some small changes in my lifestyle. The best way for me to follow through on anything is to tell Jean. Once I've said it to Jean she will keep me accountable. I've decided for the next 21 days to up the amount of steps I do and to go to the gym. I should probably add eat less biscuits to that one. Walking shouldn't be hard to do, we live on the prom, they've even got the coloured lights on outside our apartment. Going to the gym? well it is down four flights of stairs to the basement level in our apartments (I could always use the lift) looks like the hardest part will be 'just doing it' Oh, and eating less biscuits.

Accountability is one of the great ways of seeing something through, but who are you accountable to? and are they reliable? will they hold you accountable?

Whether we think we are accountable or not it may seem surprising that we are all accountable, accountable to God. Accountable for our actions and our lifestyles, but not in a judgemental way that some people think God holds us accountable, but in a loving caring way as someone who wants the best for us. Just like Jean will hold me accountable because she loves me and wants the best for me, she wants me to be someone who follows through on what they say, someone who can be trusted. God is the same, He wants the best for you, He wants to guide you by His Holy Spirit and enable you to be the best you, you can be.


Romans 14:12 New International Version

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.


What you do to and for others matters to God.


Matthew 25:31-46 New International Version - UK The sheep and the goats


31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.


34 ‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”


37 ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”


40 ‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”


41 ‘Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was ill and in prison and you did not look after me.”


44 ‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or ill or in prison, and did not help you?”


45 ‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”


46 ‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.’



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