MORE Sermon Series Part 5 – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

More Sermon Series Part 5

The Accountability

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Intro: During this series, we have looked at:

               A. The Agenda – God wants us to have more.

               B. The Abundance – God has more.

               C. The Appetite – we should want more

But tonight, I want to draw your attention to:

               D. The Accountability –

The context of this verse is Romans 14, a chapter that deals with our liberty in Christ as believers.

With MORE comes more responsibility.

With MORE comes more accountability.

  • But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

               1. With MORE MANIFESTATION OF GOD, more accountability is required.

Romans 1

               2. With MORE PROVISION OF GRACE, more accountability is required.

  • Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
  • But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

There’s an accountability associated with that bestowment of Grace.

  • We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

I. A Personal Matter

  • So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

If God has blessed you, you’ll have to give an account of it to God.

You won’t give an account to God for what He’s given others; just what He’s given you.

Many times, we have a double standard in judging others.

The verse is clear – every one of us – without exception.

II. A Pressing Matter

  • For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
  • And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Here’s the problem. We don’t know when that will be.

The rapture is imminent.

The Judgment Seat of Christ is imminent.

Are you ready to stand before God for what He’s given you?

Are you ready to account for your stewardship of God’s bestowment?

Many people live the Christian life like a spectator.

They attend church as a spectator.

Their role in ministry is from the couch as a spectator.

But you won’t be a spectator at the judgment seat.

You will be front and center – you and God

III. A Providential Matter

You are accountable to God for what He’s given you.

As a parent, you are obligated to teach your children and raise them in the Scriptures.

But if they do not heed it, they must give an account to God.

  • So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

All of the young people will not stand before your parents at the judgment seat.

You won’t stand before the youth pastor, or the school administrator, or your teacher.

You will stand before God.

You won’t give an account for me. You’ll give an account to God.

Now I will have to give an account of you to God, but you won’t give an account to me.

I am accountable to God for what I preach, teach, how I lead, counsel, pastor, etc.

I want to do that with joy and not with grief.

If I can’t then that will be unprofitable to you. But you will be accountable to God.