Naked and Exposed
I have been meeting with a group of young pastors for the past several days. We are part of a leadership development program called uptick and we are being coached and mentored by a pastor who has a huge heart for helping younger leaders. Our topic this week has been accountability. We all know the importance of friendship and accountability, but why don’t we make it more of a priority in our lives?
A pastor who has struggled with an addiction in his life came and shared with us today. He shared the importance of finding at least one true friend who you can be open and honest with. I don’t know about you, but for me, this thought was scary. Outside of my wife, I really don’t have anyone who I feel I can confide in. That definitely needs to change. I will be praying and working on developing more accountability in my life, and I challenge you to do the same. In Hebrews, we are told we are naked and exposed before God. You can’t hide before God, so why do we try to hide all the problems we face in life?
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. Hebrews 4:13 NLT
The following is part of a devotion that Craig Groeschel used at Lifechurch during the Life Development series. I was reminded of it during our talks this week, so I found it on my hard drive and decided to share it here on my blog. Accountability is so important in our life, so let’s commit together to taking it seriously. This is powerful, so read it slowly.
When I was in school, one of the things I often wanted to know about an assignment was if it was going to be graded. If it was, then I’d put more into it. If it wasn’t going to be graded, then I didn’t work as hard.
My life today demonstrates this principle just as much as it did when I was in school.
Accountability closes the gap between intentions and actions.
Most people prefer not to be graded in life. We need to embrace the truth that life is graded. Hebrews 4:13 says that nothing is hidden from God’s sight. At the end of our life on earth, we’ll stand before God and give an account of what we’ve done—or haven’t done—in His name.
There are four common reasons that most people resist accountability:
- We fear failure. If we have accountability, then people will know when we fail.
- We don’t see the value of accountability. We think we can do it on our own, but the truth is, we probably haven’t and won’t.
- We’re rebellious. We don’t like having someone else hold us responsible for our actions.
- We’re full of pride. We think we don’t need others. But we weren’t created to accomplish things alone. God created us to need Him and to need each other.
The Bible teaches us that we must overcome these barriers to accountability. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man that falls and has no one to help him up!” The truth is that it’s very unlikely that you’ll accomplish God’s plan without correction. Isaiah 53:6 says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way.” We’re prone to wander. We may start strong, but our attention quickly drifts.
I’ve found that I’m easily distracted from God’s plan by many of the cares of the world. That’s why I have people hold me accountable—they help me get back on track. When a rocket launches, headed for the moon, it’s only on track ten percent. Ninety percent of the time adjustments are being made, but in the end, they reach the goal. That’s what accountability does for us. We may start to drift off course, and then someone lovingly comes in to help us adjust. You cannot correct what you are unwilling to confront.