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THE PROCESS OF CHANGE

May 23, 2012

Wednesday

A=Accountability – II Timothy 2:21-22

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

EXAMPLE

My greatest thought is my accountability to God. 

Daniel Webster

LESSON

         In our Scripture reading today Paul is instructing Timothy to flee his lusts, but follow righteousness. Paul knew that for young Timothy to be pure as a spiritual leader and blameless before his Creator he would have to pursue righteousness with others. It could not be done alone.  The work of God in the life of the believer is not an individual responsibility but a community one. Never in all of Scripture is growth a personal thing. Yes, it is born out of an inward desire to change, but it manifests itself within a community of other people who are also willing to change and help you change. It is vital to understand the role that others will play in the process of change.

         Too many of us think that we can take individual responsibility for our own spiritual progress and we neglect the body of believers that God has called us to be a part of. An often overlooked aspect of accountability is our responsibility to allow someone else to peer into the window of our souls and to make recommendations for change.

  1. Why do you think it was important to Paul to tell Timothy to follow righteousness with other believers?
  2. Have you ever been involved in a relationship of personal accountability? What were the benefits? The blessings? What did you learn about you?
  3. Why is it that so many Christians shun their responsibility to allow themselves to be held accountable? If this is the case, do you think that they wee being honesty with themselves?
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