I wrote the following devotional for New in You, a challenge my church fellowship is participating in. It appeared on June 3, 2014. I submitted another devotional to be published in late September. I’ll post it after it publishes.
It started on a warm summer morning several years ago during a phone conversation with my sister-in-law. I told her I was “toying” with the idea of entering a half marathon. She told me she’d do it if I did.
We had both recently started fitness programs: she’s a runner, I’m a walker, and neither of us had done any distances farther than a few miles at a time. We knew training for and completing this race was way out of our comfort zones. As crazy as we both thought we were, we made a commitment to ourselves and each other that we would “do this!”
God doesn’t call us to run this race alone.
We need to be accountable to each other – Paul shared what he was doing in his ministry; he also called Cephas on the carpet for not heeding his own counsel.
Paul wrote: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20 NIV).
I spent many years of my life doing things “my way.” For me, accountability has been and will be a lifelong process. I’m thankful the Holy Spirit is a kind, patient, and loving teacher. Surrendering the reigns of “my way” is not easy.
The greatest lesson my sister-in-law and I learned through our half marathon training was to be accountable to each other. We both found training plans to follow and set phone “dates” every Sunday afternoon to share progress and swap training tips. The end result? Spying my sweet husband in the bleachers, wildly cheering and clapping as I crossed the finish line.
If my accountability partner and I were meeting right now, would I be truthful in answering the following:
- Have I spent time in His Word?
- Am I seeking His will?
- Do I allow the Holy Spirit to lead or am I trying to do things “my way?”
This is my greatest hope: as I cross the finish line at the end of my earthly race, I’ll hear our Lord loud and joyfully shouting, “Well done!”
(Read Galatians 2)