Hello everyone…and how is your Thursday? I sure hope that your day is off to a great start; and my prayer for you today…is that you will ALWAYS have a reason to keep pressing on…no matter what may stand before you!
Last night, I was listening to someone talk on the word "accountability"…and they were saying that a person seems to go beyond themselves, when they feel the need to be accountable to someone else.
After listening to this man speak…I took it a step beyond that and began to think on how being accountable to God can actually help us to accomplish and do even more than what we would attempt to do on our own.
Isn't it amazing, as to how we tend to slack off, when we are being given a personal choice to do something on our own…but oh how we tend to pick up speed, when we are accountable to someone else or God. In fact…I think that when we feel accountable to God; we tend to accomplish more because we feel as if we have something to aim for.
As I was thinking on this even more; God began to take me to a Bible verse in I Corinthians 9:24, and we read… "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
When we think of our own personal lives…we seem to see nothing to aim for or be accountable for. Think of it this way…if there is a marathon race and no one shows up but you; then would you go the distance to win the prize that's awaiting the winner at the end of the race? I don't think so…because if we are on our own; then we would feel that we have all the time in the world to achieve this race. In fact…I would think that we would probably be more likely to let the obstacles of this race slow us down…knowing that there is no hurry; because we are set to win the race. On the other hand…if we are accountable to God and eternity, with Him as our prize; I would think that we would strive with all that is within us, to overcome each obstacle along the way…that we may win that prize. Have you ever thought of this…just maybe we don't feel the need to press on; because we are too focused on ourselves and what we may be facing at the time, instead of aiming ourselves in the direction of the One, with whom we should truly be accountable to.
A few other Bible verses that go along with our reading in I Corinthians 9:24, are found in Philippians 3:12-14, and we read… "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Paul never said that he was perfect…or that he had achieved everything in life; but he did say that he was willing to go beyond those obstacles in his path and press on in the direction of the One for which he had made himself accountable to; that he may win the prize of eternal life; and that attitude not only gave him the will to press on…but I'm sure that this attitude regenerated him and gave him a strength that allowed him to plow through everything that stood in his way.
I find it amazing, as to how we are more willing to get up and do something for someone that we have found ourselves accountable to. Just think…if we would see God in this way…can you imagine how this alone would change our lives and cause us to pick up speed, even through the trying times we experience…that we may win Christ even more within our lives.
No matter what we face…and now matter how hard the challenges of life may seem; there is One who can help us to keep standing…and that is Jesus Christ…and when we make ourselves more accountable to Him, rather than the circumstances we face; we will quickly see how far His loving presence can take us.
Have a very blessed day…and I will see ya soon…God bless!
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