It is safe to assume that everyone is accountable to someone. When we enter a relationship, such as a job, marriage or friendship, we put ourselves in a position of accountability. There are also those times when we are accountable to someone by default, i.e., a child being accountable to the authority of parents, and the mutual accountability of people to each other. With accountability comes responsibility and it is in our nature to know that we do answer for what we do. Accountability means that we are responsible for our actions because we are held to a standard higher than ourselves. Admit it—if you or I set our own moral and ethical standards we will be highly tempted to set those standards low. In the same way, we are held to a spiritual standard much higher than we are able to achieve. God sets the standards of righteousness for all mankind and we fall short in meeting those standards. That’s where we have a problem and it’s called sin.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The literal meaning of sin is to miss the mark. The mark is righteousness by God’s standard. Because we miss the mark, we cannot share in the prize of everlasting life with God by our own merit. Sin also involves an offense. We do not define what sin is—God does. Since you and I have sinned willfully, it is an offense to God and a penalty must be paid. It is not God’s fault that you and I are not righteous by His standards—it is our fault, and once we have sinned (and we all have done so) we are held accountable. You can reason within yourself that you are a good person, and you may be, but not according to God’s standard (Romans 3:10; see also, Psalms 14:1-3). There is hope.

Do you want to have the penalty for your sin removed? If so, the Holy Spirit has convinced you that you need forgiveness, which will remove the penalty and establish your standing before God as righteous by His standard. Accepting Christ as your Savior is the only way you can be forgiven for your sin. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV) says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Ask Christ to be your Savior today.