1 Thessalonians 2:8-12
8 We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.
9 Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you. 10 You yourselves are our witnesses—and so is God—that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers. 11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory
The three roommates at 102 Monroe Avenue have a made a risky agreement. They’ve pledged to hold each other accountable and regularly encourage one another in their faith. The three young women—Heather, Nancy and Karen—meet around the kitchen table for coffee after supper, sharing the events of the day, their difficulties, their relationships and issues important to the practice of their faith. Often they end up praying, giving, encouragement or advice—and not the sugarcoated kind either!
By sharing their lives openly they’re effectively saying, “You’re free to speak into my life.” Accountability then requires an honest answer to the question, “So, how are you doing?’”
Though not a formal program, what Heather, Nancy and Karen are doing is a form of personal discipleship. More than a dozen times in his letters to various churches and younger leaders, the apostle Paul challenges them to encourage one another in some way. There’s no better place for that than regular times of accountability.
Consider Paul’s word to “submit to one another” [Ephesians 5:21]. Do you have someone you could care for, be accountable to and open up your life to?