Accountability – Maybe

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity…Heb. 6:1 ESV.

Imagine if God didn’t do his job. If He decided to take time off and leave the universe operating by itself; without anyone accountable or responsible for its maintenance. Some in fact believe that is precisely what God has done. These are our deists friends. They believe God created the universe, walked away, and then left everything for us to operate and finish the work. Yet we are reassured throughout Scripture that God is on his throne and continues to be involved in the lives of his children. He is not an absentee parent. He takes personal responsibility for the rearing of his children.

Now some of us may prefer to have him neglect his involvement in their life, but I for one appreciates his graceful, untimely interventions. Otherwise this life may have been over a long time ago.

Yet all this leads to the question, “how accountable are we in our relationships and responsibilities?” Do we accept personal responsibility for the development of the relationship or just expect everything to fall into place without effort? Are we accountable too others for the contribution of the relationship or expect the other side to do all the giving and we just take?  Or are we control freaks who need to dominate and control the relationship?

If we haven’t taken the time to understand the impact we have in the lives of others, maybe it’s time to evaluate. Are we carrying our share of the load or leaving it for others? Maybe it’s time to accept personal responsibility for our actions and be held accountable by others. Maybe it’s time to grow up and become the person we were designed to be.

A part of maturity is accepting our role in the lives of others. That would include our mates, parents, siblings, neighbors, work associates, fellow citizens, and yes, even God. He’s done most of the work already. We just have to accept our role in the matter. Is it too hard of a matter to be held accountable by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? It’s His story. We have the privilege to participate with him and hold up our side of the relationship. And our relationship with Him includes everyone else in our tiny world. So maybe being accountable to others isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe it’s the one thing still holding us back from experiencing life the way He designed it to be.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Discipleship 360
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Faith, Freedom, Flourish

 “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19 ESV.

Faith leads to freedom and freedom allows people to flourish. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians that “wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” He also wrote that “freedom is not to indulge the flesh, but to serve one another humbly in love” (Gal. 5:13).

 

Ever notice where countries have the freedom to live out their faith, the people usually flourish? Whenever you can choose your future without dominant external influences, you have the opportunity to fully express your God-given gifts with others. Otherwise, in countries (and companies) where people are controlled by others, the people’s behavior are typically measured without the activation of the inner heart. People may go through the motion without being engaged in the process.

Today many people may think they are free, but their actions truly define them. Ask yourself, are you the master of your smart phone or the slave of it? Are you free to select what you wear today or subject to the approval of others? Are you in control of your time today or do you allow your watch to dictate your every move?

These are only a sample of questions you can ask yourself to determine how free you truly are. No matter your answer, remember we are actually free in Christ. He made it so. You can choose to follow him or not. You can decide to live with Him or apart from him. You can surrender your desires to him or allow your lusts and cravings to rule you. You are free to decide and act upon it.

We all have more freedom than we realize. The question though are we truly living as free people and experiencing its rewards or have we blindly enslaved ourselves by living outside the faith of Christ. For remember, Christ-like faith leads to freedom and freedom allows people to flourish.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Discipleship 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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Good. Better. Best.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15 ESV.

Over the years we have noticed the challenge some people have in making decisions. They typically struggle always looking for the “right” answer. The tenancy usually is the fear of making a “wrong” decision. For some reason, they have never learned the art of making wise choices. If this is you, hopefully the below will help you.

For most decisions, the issue isn’t right from wrong. For right and wrong are moral dimensions. In most cases, the decision isn’t whether something is morally right, but which is the better choice. Now if you were deciding on becoming a prostitute or selling illegal drugs, then we have a moral dilemma. Sin is never a good choice to make. However, for most times the decision isn’t whether to sin or not, but to determine which is good, better, or best.

So the next time you are pondering a choice to make, gather as much information, opinions, and hard facts within the time restraints you have. Then review and analyze each option based on the top three important values you have determined to be. You will usually end up with one, two, or three options. Pray and ask our Lord for direction. Set a deadline when you have to make the decision. Keep praying, meditating, and evaluating each option before your deadline. Be sure to count the cost in time, money and resources. Are you willing to pay the price with your remaining choices? If not, eliminate it. When the deadline comes, choose one that your gut is telling you and commit to it.

You will not know which is good, better, or best until somewhere far in the future. So don’t fret, question, or become discourage. Instead, exercise your plan, keep seeking direction from your heavenly Father, and run with it. You may have to make some minor adjustments in the process, but continue in that path until you have hit your preliminary review date. This is the date you established when you made your decision to determine if the choice was a prudent one and you will continue moving forward or events and circumstances arose which makes the current choice a reason to quit or readjust.

Generally, you are seeking to make something good, or something good even better, or turn something better into the best ever. They all are going to be at least good. So enjoy the process, thank God for the opportunity and help, and go make it work. Bottom-line: leave right and wrong for the moral decisions – good, better, and best for all the other choices.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Discipleship 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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