During World War II, a plant of parachute packers achieved notoriety because their parachutes only opened 19 out of 20 times. That’s an average of 95%, and although that will get you an ‘A’ in school, when you’re jumping out of a plane, it’s just not good enough. The manager of the plant developed a strategy to increase reliability. He required the packer to test the parachutes themselves. It wasn’t long until quality rose to 100%. That’s the principle of accountability at work.*
The people said to Joshua, “No; but we will serve Yahweh.” Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen Yahweh, to serve him.” They said, “We are witnesses” (Joshua 24:21-22).
Parachute packers need accountability and so do all believers. We need witnesses in our lives to hold us true to the commits we have made. To whom are you accountable and why do you think it’s important?
The value of accountability is that it “pressures” us into right living.
Try asking one or two of the following questions to some of your Christian friends this week:
- What are you reading this week in your daily time with God?
- What verse have you been focusing on lately?
- How have you seen God work in your prayer-life recently?
- What did you get out of the worship service this past Sunday?
- What is God doing in your life right now?
*A Children’s Leader Devotion, (Lake Forest, CA: Saddleback Church), Week 31.
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