I would say that pretty much every Christian I know would say that being accountable is a really good thing. Whether it is to get over something you are struggling with or trying to discipline yourself into doing something. Having a person, or people, to help you do that is a really good thing to have to spur you on. Why then do a lot of these people not have anyone that they are accountable to? Especially when it comes to trying not to give in to a habitual sin. I would hazard a guess that it is pride.
I myself have an accountability triplet that I’m in and these guys have been there through thick and thin with me, much like I have with them. As it describes in Galatians 6:1-2;
‘Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.’
One thing I really like about the dynamic of this group is that we are there to help each other not judge each other. If we do fall we help pick each other up and then move on building each other up. It’s not just a time of confession; it’s a time where we can pray for each other.
People quite often ask about how intentional I was about my relationship with the guys at first and whether I intended our friendship to be like this. The answer is no, I just became friends with them and this then developed out of this. This is not the only way to go about this. Another way is to say to someone, your boss for example, that you want to be accountable for something and then get them to keep asking you about it.
My accountable relationship have helped me with so many things in my life and are still helping me with lots of things. I can only recommend you start them up as it will really help in your walk with Christ.
Blog post by Lawrence
Lawrence is on the student team at St Michael le Belfrey and became a Christian while he was a student in York.