A ‘Good Account’

16 Apr

A farmer sent his accounting Border Collie, Seepeeay, off to gather in his eight sheep while Border Collie & Sheephe tended to other chores.

On returning to the sheep pen, the farmer was astonished to find he now had 10 sheep in his pen instead of eight.

He asked Seepeeay to explain.

“Well, Woof!,” he barked. “You asked me to round them up!”

And then there’s the story of Barry, an accountant who was having trouble sleeping at night, so he went to a doctor.

“Have you tried counting sheep?” the doctor asked.

“That’s the problem, Doctor,” Barry said. “I make a mistake, and then have to spend the next six hours trying to find it!”

Have you guessed? It’s almost “Tax Day!”

My (Dawn’s) husband and I visited our friendly accountant-financial adviser. We took all of our paperwork, and everything was going so well until Dave asked Bob, “Um, what’s this?” And he showed my husband our written figure for the year’s Cox Cable bill. It was $10,000 off!

My poor husband. He was, incidentally, suffering from jet lag; but he was so embarrassed by such a silly error.

Now, Dave is a benevolent friend, so he gracefully smiled and corrected the figure. And then I had the thought…

“I’m so glad that when I stand to give account for my life before God, He will look at me through the eyes of grace, because of what Jesus did on my behalf.”

All of the sins in my “account ledger” will never be held against me. (Colossians 2:14-15; Romans 8:1). Yes, I will be judged for my works (2 Corinthians 5:10), and rewarded for how I brought glory to God, brought souls to Christ, and handled the things entrusted to me ~ but the “errors” in the account are already cared for. Hallelujah!

As I’ve been noting some recent meetings in a church in Little Rock that have broken out into a movement of God, I’ve reviewed some of the “principles of revival” that I learned back in the 1970s while with a revival ministry. One of the principles that revolutionized my thinking was simple ~ I am a steward of the Most High God.

Being a steward means that I have the responsibility to care for things that belong to others ~ and in this case, to my Father God. I belong to Him, my Creator (Ezekiel 18:4a). I am responsible to care for myself and anything He gives me (money, possessions, family, ministry, etc.).

I don’t know if that’s as convicting to you as it is to me, but every time I think about my

The Foolish Steward

"Parable of the Unjust Steward," July 2003 Ensign Magazine

responsibility before God, I renew my commitment to live for Him.

Matthew 25:14-30 tells the story of a man going on a journey who entrusted his wealth to his servants. One was foolish and careless. I don’t want to be foolish and careless … so I need to remember that I will someday give an account (Romans 14:12). God will even bring secret things, hidden things, into judgment ~ both good and evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

But two servants were wise and faithful. I want to be a faithful steward (1 Corinthians 4:2) and full of faith, knowing that God rewards those who seek Him and desire to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). I want to be steadfast and consistent ~ not giving up ~ as I serve Christ, knowing that my work for God is not wasted (John 8:31-32; 1 Corinthians 15:58).

Accountability means that we are liable ~ we’ll be called on to explain our actions or behavior. It means that what we do, say, and even think is noticed and makes a difference. (Matthew 12:36-37)

Paul, before he died, gave a good account of his life (2 Timothy 4:7-8), and he spoke of the award (or reward) he would receive for his faithfulness and faith.

When I stand before the Lord, I want to give “a good account” like Paul, don’t you?

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One Response to “A ‘Good Account’”

  1. Lynn Mosher April 17, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    Whew! Scary thought, isn’t it? Give an account. Oh, my! What really bothers me is to give account for all that I have wasted! Great post, Dawn!

    PS I hope you don’t mind my asking but I am working on a post and have been collecting photos/images like the border collie one. May I ask where you got it? Thanks!

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