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Accountability in My Finances
by Joyce Shoemaker
Being accountable with my finances! Wow! What would
that look like? Why should I be accountable? The word
“accountable” means to be obliged and to
acknowledge responsibility for my actions. What would
oblige me to be responsible with my finances? I recognized
I had to acknowledge responsibility for my actions.
First I had to acknowledge that I wasn’t accountable
and then I had to take personal responsibility for making
Jesus emphasized accountability in the parable of the
talents, in Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus taught very clearly
on the subjects of accountability and stewardship.
In the Old Testament, Psalm 50:10 also validates that
God owns everything, even the cattle on a thousand hills.
We must be good stewards with what He has given us.
As we are faithful and accountable with His resources,
He will give us more.
I was not being a good steward with what I had. I was
out of control with my spending and unaccountable. It
was through the review process of becoming involved
with the Financial Freedom in 7 Weeks Plus course, that
God began to move me from being unaccountable in my
spending to becoming accountable for my part of our
marriage finances, and to radically change how I handled
and viewed our finances.
Malachi 3:3-10 spoke to me about remaining accountable
in order to ensure that God will rebuke the devourer
and pour out a blessing even more abundant than I can
imagine or contain! And it’s not a blessing that
I can squander personally, but a blessing that then
becomes a resource for my husband and me to use for
God’s Kingdom and for His Glory!