Accountability in Leadership Can you say Accountability? Do you have a leadership role? Do you respect authority? Are you accountable to your leadership? Are you closed-minded? Walking in the freedom of Jesus Christ comes with Accountability responsible to the responsibility of accountability. Christians someone or somebody”, are called to be leaders. The way we handle God’s “capable of begin explained” Word, our lifestyle, and the way we interact with one Encarta Dictionary Englishanother reveal our leadership ability. As Christians, we North America. The English are accountable to God and His Word. As leaders we Thesaurus further explains are to; “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a accountability: answerability, workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly responsibility, and liability. dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version). Our responsibility in leadership commands we exhibit lifestyles pleasing to Him. This should include the responsibility to humble ourselves and respect each other as leaders whether in the home, church, or community. Christ provides the freedom in which we are to lead. As we lead, we must live out what we teach; we must be doers of his Word. James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”. God has provided leaders who have been placed within the “Body of Christ” to teach us, reproof even rebuke us with the ultimate goal and focus; to mature us in Christ. Mediate on 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. As Christian leaders, good works will promote growth in those we encounter. But, are our motives in line with God’s Word? As leaders, we must remain teachable and accept corrective measures when mistakes are made. If we are honest with ourselves, as ministers/teachers of God’s Word, we must be more than acquainted with knowledge of Biblical principles, concepts, even scripture memorization. Application, application, and more application should be the goal
to experience new heights in Christ! Besides, the scripture we teach should be evident in our own lives. Do we walk out what we teach? When we answered the call to teach and minister, did we enlist those who will encourage us, pray for us, and tell us the truth about us? And when the truth is told; do we receive the truth. If we do not have the right individuals walking along side us and hold us accountable, we walk through life’s defeats and victories in our own strengths. Our journeys most likely will become stagnated as well as our teaching.
Do not forget to rely on the Person of the Holy Spirit to bring correction from wrong teaching, our ideologies, or our surroundings. He (the Holy Spirit) will provide an accountability person for personal and spiritual growth…until then The Holy Spirit walks with us so we are never alone. Proverbs 27:17 reminds us “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” There are no good works apart from Christ. Without accountability, “character flaws” left unchecked can cause disastrous results. “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” Hebrews 13:17. For example, the results could have played out differently for Joseph. His brothers wanted to kill him, Potifer condemned him, “but the Lord was with him”. And because Joseph followed the leading of the Holy Spirit, he was placed 2nd in command in Egypt (Genesis 37 ff). Imagine reading our own stories from beginning to end. What would we have done different yesterday than today? The decisions made on behalf of others; what if we had sought counsel first? Do we have an attitude of “my way or the highway?” Leaders have been given the responsibility to confront issues and assure accountabilities and balances are in their proper place. “What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Job 31:14 God will confront us if our leaders fail to recognize an apparent need. As leaders, are standards in place that will hold those accountable when the need arises? Some questions to ponder for all leaders no matter our level of influence. Who am I accountable to? Am I willing to receive instruction to promote Team-Building? Do I explain my issues away? Am I willing to receive counseling as it relates to Healing-Restoration? Is my ear in tune with the Holy Spirit to hear the truth about my situation? Am I listening? As a reminder, we are Children of the Most High God and not without issues. The question remains, are we willing to receive the needed instruction to bring us to wholeness, be restored to God, and be His Disciples? Maturity in Christ will be the end result.