My Accountability to God

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by Samuel D. Geroy
   We are commanded to go and tell the world about the salvation of our souls through the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith in Him as our personal Lord and Savior. Like that young captive girl from Israel who lived in the house of General Naaman of Syria. Since he became a leper, the girl told her mistress (Naaman’s wife) that in Israel God’s prophet (during that time it was Elisha) can heal the sick. The rest was a fascinating story: General Naaman went to Israel for healing and Elisha told him to dip seen times in the Jordan River and God will heal him. He did and was healed! Elisha refused the gifts of Naaman but his servant Gehazi devised a way to secure them for himself. As a result, Naaman’s leprosy transferred to him (2 Kings 5:1-27).

   John Mark, Barnabas’ nephew who possibly believed the Lord Jesus through the ministry of Peter (1 Peter 5:13) was challenged to go on a mission trip with him and the Apostle Paul in 46 A. D. But upon reaching Cyprus, Mark became fearful and went back home to Jerusalem. On the second journey he wanted to go again but Paul would not allow him. Paul and Barnabas quarreled and they went their separate ways.
   After about 12 years, John Mark was reconciled with Apostle Paul and even ministered to him when he was imprisoned in Rome after his third missionary journey (53-57 A.D.). He became one of the dedicated assistants of Paul who was with him until his execution in Rome (66-68 A.D.)
   John Mark’s most important service for God was when he wrote the gospel of Mark (60-70 A.D.) which is now part of the New Testament.
   We are all accountable to live like Jesus, as John Mark did, as we go to obey the King’s command. We must be like him in attitude as a humble servant (Philippians 2:5-8), in lifestyle that is poor but making many people rich (2 Corinthians 6:10, Mark 9:35), in a way of speaking that is seasoned with salt while telling what God has done in your life (Colossians 4:6, Mark 5:19), a world view that believes that to live is living like Christ and dying is gain (Philippians 1:21, 1 John 2:17, Mark 8:36) and always to be loving in every relationship (1 John 4:19, 1 Peter 2:17, John 14:12, 17, Luke 6:217, Mark 12:323) with the Lord, the brother, one another and even enemies.
   In these ways we will be able to fulfill our responsibility and accountability to the Lord Jesus and others.