#TheoThursday – Accountability

Earlier today I read 1 Corinthians 5:12: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?”*

I write frequently about accountability.  Well, what is it?

Accountability is both getting “all up in someone else’s business,” and allowing the same person to “get all up in your business.”

Done well, there is confrontation, correction, and grace.

Done poorly, there is none of this.

For the believer, this should be mandatory.  So, identify who you can talk to about your life.  Do it now.

For the non-believer reading this blog, consider accountability. Think of it as a one-on-one performance review of sorts.  Your leadership at work, and elsewhere, will become more effective when you start doing something about the blind spots that currently exist.

And in the process, you might realize that you need more than “self-help.”

Is, after all, anyone good?

Or, good enough?

I’m not.

Give me Jesus.

I’m thankful for my accountability partner, the tough conversations we have, and the grace we share because of what Jesus did for us.

All of us.

(Wondering what Christians actually believe, but are afraid to ask? Click here).


1 – My goal is to keep these posts under 300 words.  So, please cut me some slack on not explaining the context of certain scriptures that I cite.  One of my biggest pet-peeves is when people cite Bible verses out of context.  I will do my best to avoid this trap, but remember I am not a theologian.  As for the above,  1 Corinthians is largely about divisions in the early church at Corinth.  So, I think the verse cited applies on the grounds that the early believers needed to “get up in each other’s business” to avoid giving-in to the Greek Culture that surrounded it.  As Paul warned in the letter, too many already had.

2 – Why is it dangerous to quote a single Bible verse?  Greg Koukl has written about this a lot, so here is one example.

3 – I continue to urge Christ-followers to digest the resources I mentioned in the post two weeks ago.