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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Ola



In my struggles with different addictions in my life ranging from very little ones like perpetually going late for lectures and major ones like perpetually lusting after ladies during lectures were addressed and by God’s GRACE, subdued by such simple virtue as accountability

God created a special covenant with humans that gave them dominance over the earth, yet it made them accountable to God for each action.

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” ― Thomas Paine

There is hardly a more sobering statement in Scripture than Romans 14:12:

“So each of us will have to answer to God”.

The words “each of us” apply to Christians and non-Christians alike. And though believers will be saved by grace and not by works, once in Heaven our reward there will be determined on the basis of our works. 

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 “…their work will be clearly seen, because the Day of Judgement will make it visible. That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test everyone’s work to show what sort of work it was. If the building that has been put on the foundation still stands, the builder will get a reward. But if the building is burned up, the builder will suffer loss. The builder will be saved, but it will be as one who escaped from a fire”. 
Jesus said, “And I tell you that on the Judgement Day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said.” (Matthew 12:36)

If we must give an account to God for every word spoken, surely we must give an account for every hour spent carelessly. The wise response to such truth is to evaluate your use of time now and spend it in a way that you would like to hear at the Judgement. And if you cannot answer your conscience regarding how you use your time in the growth of Christianlikeness now, how will you be able to answer God then? 

And remember:

“The pressure of adversity is the most powerful sustainer of accountability. It’s as though everything you do is multiplied by 50 in order to surpass those with a head-start. I was never capable of slacking when at the threshold of failure.” ― Criss Jami

In what areas do you need accountability? 

  1. Prayer time? 

  2. Bible study? 

  3. Sharing your faith? 

~~Pick an area in your life that needs improvement. ~~Find someone to hold you accountable to help you make the changes that God wants.

And when He comes, BE READY TO FLY!

With love,

OLA Joseph Kolawole.


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