The purpose of an accountability team is to ensure that the leader stays true to the call of God for their lives. This is best illustrated by Proverbs 15:22, which states: “plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed (NIV).”
An accountability team must have:
• an extensive and intimate knowledge of the Christian Leader.
• the ability to be confidential.
• the desire to be Holy Spirit led.
• the ability to discern the truth.
• a willingness to pray, seek, and operate in the wisdom of God.
A good Christian leader is willing to submit to an accountability team because they realize that only through intentional accountability will they accomplish the goals God has set for their life. The demands of life and leadership, and the temptations of the flesh can cause even the most well intentioned divinely inspired leader to go astray.
No matter how much one loves God, sin, pride and imbalance—both natural and spiritual must be monitored by oneself and others or there will be dysfunction along the way.
This was true for King David, King Nebuchadnezzar and Moses as the following passages note:
1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”
4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.
5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.
27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.
(2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27 NIV)
This story has always been intriguing to me because the truth of matter is that both David and Bathsheba needed accountability. David’s servant attempted to remind the kingof his wrong thoughts by stating in verse three that she is a daughter and a wife.
I believe it was the intent of the servant to hold the King accountable to the laws of the day. Both David and Bathsheba were out of order and both operated with intentionality in their sin.
Bathsheba knew that the tub was in plain view from the palace. She also knew that according to the hormonal cycle if she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness she was also ovulating within the window that David summoned her.
Perhaps it was her intent to have a child with the king. Further, after she was pregnant the bible states that she sent word back to David. If she was “forced” or otherwise compromised how did she continue to have access to the king of Israel? I also believe that she and David worked together to hatch the plan to eliminate Uriah. Not only did they sin, but both parties got their servants to assist in the sin. When Christian leaders compromise the standards of God we impact and devastate those who are under our leadership. King Nebuchadnezzar is another example of a leader who struggled with arrogance, pride and disobedience.
Like David, King Nebuchadnezzar was held accountable by a prophet before punishment was enacted by God. I believe that is God’s desire to avoid embarrassing leaders through public humiliation. It is only when leaders refuse to be held accountable or listen to the voice of God through others or directly that God allows full exposure of our sins.While there are times that our moral failures are intentional, there are other times in which, in an effort to do the right things we end up doing the wrong thing. Nebuchadnezzar made the mistake that many leaders make; he began to falsely believe that the success he experienced was his own and of his own doing.
Nothing that we are blessed to accomplish as leaders is the result of our own doing. It is simply fruit that God allows us to experience by His grace and mercy.
To be continued next week…