As a child of God who dedicates parts of each day to her relationship with Him, one would think that I would be nearly flawless in my walk with Him. However, that is truly not the case because no matter how committed I am to my walk with The Lord, I will never reach the point of being perfect. I read my Bible each and everyday, I go to church every Sunday, and I spend most of my car rides listening to K-Love on the radio. My life sounds complete with God seeping through every corner right? Well, not exactly.
Previously, I realized that being a child of God requires so much more than simply just reading The Bible each day, further more it requires acting upon the wisdom you have read and apply it to every day of our lives. The point of the Bible is to teach us how we can better our lives and actually live as God expects us to, not to simply read the words and run throughout our day in our own judgment.
In life, it is very easy to get caught up in struggles and the trials that the world presents in our lives. No matter what your problem is, we must all face the reality within ourselves and take accountability that we don’t necessarily remember God’s promises nor put a lot of effort into taking them to heart. In the Book of Deuteronomy in so many verses, God tells us to be Strong and Courageous in everything we do and to never be afraid because God is with us no matter what we do or where we are in life.
Most Christians know these words are written in the Book of Deuteronomy, can quote them, and possibly even pin them to their social media pages to remind their friends and loved ones to live this way. However, when a person is in the midst of a storm and is struggling, not always do we have a first instinct to trust in The Lord that He will provide us favor and victory. It is so easy to get caught up in the storms that come our way and living in the world and trying to meet it’s expectations is a really hard thing to do, almost impossible really.
Where Christians fail often times is when they don’t take accountability for their actions when they choose not to trust God’s words, especially the simple words of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 6 says 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” So many Christians know these words whether it’s through memory or encouragement from those around them, yet when struggles come into the lives of many, they are quick to become weak, fearful, and unconfident in what is to come.
This perhaps is the most common problem within humanity, especially those who claim to be children of God. Christians aren’t exempt from making mistakes nor will Christians ever be perfect but there has to come a time where those who consider themselves believers of The Faith must begin to take the words written in the Bible, at the very least the words of Deuteronomy, and live their lives according to what is said.
There is absolutely no reason to live life weakly, in fear, or alone because we are none of those things at any given time. God gives us the strength that we need to live our lives everyday, under His wings is the safest place that we could ever be and when we finally figure that out, the problems of our days soon become viewed as smaller than we once viewed, and those mountains that seemed so high become simple grains of sand that are easy to walk on.
Our perception of the world is never going to be what God sees, where we see things as huge and gigantic, God sees as small and tiny. If people could simply try to view life as God does, it would be interesting to see where humanity could end up one day. To live life with less stress and more trust in God’s word is a prayer that will eternally exist. When Christians fail at living their daily lives in more alignment with what God instructs in The Bible, asking forgiveness through the Blood of Jesus Christ is one thing, but one must also repent at the same time of taking accountability in their actions.
Accountability is so important because it allows genuine reflection of the choices we have made and the outcomes of those choices. To ultimately rely on the forgiveness of Jesus Christ eventually comes across as taking advantage of what the purpose of Christ is. Not taking accountability also provides the opportunity for others to view you as a hypocrite, a user of the faith, and one who takes it all for granted. As children of God we all have the responsibility to live as an example for those who do not know Him. It is expected of us to put ourselves in a position that does not influence others to see the side of Christianity that so many view to be negative.
Taking accountability ensures that we can be humble enough to say when we have done wrong and also allows us the time and opportunity to reflect on how we can do better the next time. It is never too late to grow in life and accountability in any situation can serve as a stairwell to do so. Christians are not perfect angels who do no wrong, Christians make mistakes and do things purposely they aren’t supposed to each and every day. But when trials occur in our lives, the one thing we can do purposely is to simply trust in the promises of Deuteronomy 3:6- Be strong and courageous, to not fear or be in dread of the situation, and to remember that God is always with us no matter what.