Houston Forward Times

16 July 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson

Lesson 9: The Pillar of Accountability



THE BIG IDEA: Things that last in life are built from the inside out.

Bible Fact: Men & boys that make the Word of God their tool box for building their personal lives will please God and have great success.

Joshua 1:8; I Corinthians 13:11

As a TOOL BOX man or boy’s character is being built God is at work inside of them to do four (4) valuable things: It is up to each individual man and boy to do at least four (4) things to help the greatness and completeness of their potential to come out:

  1. He must cultivate the small potentials;
  2. He must culturalize the developmental process;
  3. He must cooperate with a system of standards that will keep him growing in the right direction; and
  4. He must communicate often with the creator of his true potential for the rest of his life.

Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia.

Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient’s bed. The patient was afraid he might slip on the water if he got out of the bed, so he asked a nurse’s aide to mop it up. The patient didn’t know it, but the hospital policy said that small spills were the responsibility of the nurse’s aides while large spills were to be mopped up by the hospital’s housekeeping group.

The nurse’s aide decided the spill was a large one and she called the housekeeping department. A housekeeper arrived and declared the spill a small one. An argument followed.

"It’s not my responsibility," said the nurse’s aide, "because it’s a large puddle." The housekeeper did not agree. "Well, it’s not mine," she said, "the puddle is too small."

The exasperated patient listened for a time, then took a pitcher of water from his night table and poured the whole thing on the floor. "Is that a big enough puddle now for you two to decide?" he asked. It was, and that was the end of the argument. ---Bits & Pieces, September 16, 1993, p. 22-24.

I. Defined: What is it?

ACCOUNTABILITY: to be the designated blameworthy person in charge. The person to call upon for making a decision or to hold responsible for certain decision having been made. To acknowledge the obligation to be answerable for accepting responsibility for an action or actions;

A. Authors Bruce Stone, O.P. Dwivedi, and Joseph G. Jabbra list 8 types of accountability, namely: 1) moral, 2) administrative, 3) political, 4) managerial, 5) market, 5) legal/judicial, 6) constituency relation, 7) and 8) professional. Some have added two more to the list of accountability: 9) social responsible and 10) environmental responsible.

B. Questions:

  1. Who do you think is the blameworthy person in the story above?
  2. What role did the patient assume in the resolving this matter?

II. Demonstrated: What will it do or how is it applied in life?

A. Accountability demands acknowledgment and acceptance by God; Genesis 3:9-13

B. Accountability can only be obligated to the just; Jeremiah 5:1-5

C. Moral accountability plays a major role in public service; I Samuel 15:20,21; II Samuel 12:1-15

D. Accountable men/boys are obligated to be faithful; Romans 14:11,12; I Corinthians 4:1,2

E. Accountable men/boys are expected to safeguard his responsibility well; Luke 12:47,48

III. Reward: How does it benefit?

A. Abraham acted first to resolve the dispute because he was had greater stewardship and received a greater reward for his decision; Genesis 13:14-17

B. Too Box men/boys that manage well for others will be blessed for being responsible; Luke 10:10-12; Genesis 39:1-6; 41:37-44

C. Tool Box men/boys that manage their possessions well are invited to live in the flow of God’s blessings; Matthew 25:20,21,27-29

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