Resolve to Be Accountable

 

It’s time to come clean. I have fallen off track. I’ve allowed stuff to get in the way of my relationship with God. I’ve allowed tasks to consume my life. 2012 was a very stressful year.  As I sought the source of my stress, I realized my stress directly related to a lack of one on one time with God. It seems so simple, but my stubborn self allowed ME to get in the way. My desires and self appointed tasks took first place. In a lot of ways I just got lazy. Other areas of my life struggled because I wasn’t in the Word. I missed Him, but I refused to do anything about it.

 

Over Christmas, I had the opportunity to snuggle up with a cup of coffee, my Bible, and my trusty marking pens. I’m not sure how long I sat there, but it was refreshing to sit in the Word and not be concerned about doing something or getting somewhere. That day, the Lord got my attention with Galatians 1:10-11: For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.  For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 

 

Even now this verse is ringing hard in my heart. It is painful yet encouraging. Scripture often does that. It stings, but soothes. This verse in Galatians was calling me back. It calls me back to something that is simple and essential; more of Him and less of me.

 

Unfortunately I wasn’t diligent with my time during Christmas and I again allowed stuff and things to take priority over Jesus and His Word.  Last week, I sat talking to my husband. And he asked me. “So, what are you going to study tomorrow morning in your quiet time?” I stammered, “Uhh Galatians.” I hoped he wouldn’t see through my mask.  I am mortified to say that I hadn’t planned to make time in the Word the next morning. However, I got up the next morning and had another awesome time in the Word. I text my husband later and thanked him for holding me accountable.

 

Recently, the Lord did a lot of work in my heart. He has shown me so many things. It was so wonderful to hear that still small voice speaking to my heart.

 

I want to share some of what God taught me:

  1. I am not prepared to minister to others, if I am not diligently in the Word myself. I have noticed that I have struggled in my ability to spur others on or give them encouragement. I’ve struggled to even make time for people.
  2. My time in the Word affects my family and friends. It changes the way I perceive and treat others in such a major way.
  3. My time in the Word drastically affects everything I feel & do each day.
  4. I need HELP. I need God to give me a hunger and thirst for His Word, but I also need someone to hold me accountable.

 

This morning, I was back in Galatians. I was so encouraged when my husband set next to me with his Bible & journal in hand. I looked over at him and asked if I could share with him what I was studying. I was so excited that I couldn’t help but share it.

 

As I look forward to the rest of 2013, I am resolving to find someone who can hold me accountable to my time in the Word.  I have been a believer for many years, but have never really had anyone to hold me accountable. The Lord has reminded me that spending time in His Word is not just a good thing for me to do, but is essential.

 

I ask those reading this to pray for me.  If you are my friend, please help hold me accountable and please don’t stop. I also have to ask, where are you at?  Are you focused on tasks, the triune of Me, Myself, & I, or God and His Word? Do you have someone who is holding you accountable?  Spending time in the Word is not an option, it’s not just a good thing, it is essential to being a Disciple of Jesus.  Time in the Word and being accountable to it changes every part of our life.  Please don’t let laziness keep you from time with God in His Word. Nothing is more important in your life than spending time with God. Resolve in 2013 for accountability in the Word. More of HIM Less of ME!

 

 

Ashlee is a native New Mexican. She is the wife of a College Minister, a student ministry leader, and has been involved with Transform Student Ministries for 14 years. She seeks to be a disciple of God and His Word as well as a disciple-maker. She is striving to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel and to seek the favor of God not men.

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