Be Accountable

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David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:...
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Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability. Too often those with authority are able (and willing) to surround themselves with people who support their decisions without question.

Even David, the king that God Himself chose, drifted off course when he listened to his generals, who told him he was too valuable to be risking his life in battle. Take a look at II Samuel 12: 1-14. David believed the accolades of his generals and ended up sending Uriah the Hittite to his death in battle in order to fulfill his lustful desires for Uriah’s beautiful wife, Bathsheba. Somehow, David pushed these grievous sins far from his consciousness. The Scripture gives us no indication that David was struggling with guilt.

In God’s faithfulness to David, He sends Nathan the prophet to the king in order to bring his hidden deeds into the light. Nathan tells a tale that captures the imagination and the emotions of the king and a righteous indignation comes over David. Nathan then sets the hook by declaring in verse seven, “You are the man!” This great king of Israel immediately admits his sin and repents before Nathan and God. David humbled himself before one of his subjects who had no apparent political power or status to give weight to his words; the king understood that he had heard the Word of the Lord spoken by Nathan.

David learned early in life that God speaks to us through those wise people of God around us. David had no doubt heard God’s wisdom spoken through Jesse his father, his older brothers, Samuel the prophet, his dear friend Jonathan, his wife Abigail, Joab his general and his court advisors which included his own sons. David was a wise man who knew that one of the secrets to being a successful leader was to draw upon the strengths and the knowledge of those around him. David admitted that he was a sinner in need of mercy. (1) With sin comes blindness and God’s ways are hidden. David needed God’s faithfulness through Nathan to humble him and reveal his blindness.

Many business people think they are accountable because they operate with a board of directors or hold regular staff meetings. Unfortunately, most boards, under the direction of a strong leader, are simply rubber stamps. So what is the answer? Here are some suggestions:

  • Your spouse. A valid argument can be made that often the wife doesn’t know anything about the business. The solution is to start sharing the major decisions so that she will be familiar with the business when the need arises. (2)
  • An accountability group. This should be an impartial group of Christian advisers. (3)
  • An expert. This is someone who has done it lately, not someone who has an opinion.
  • Your clergy or one of your elders.
  • If all else fails, write yourself a letter or report describing the problem, the solutions and the timeline.

Finding and keeping appropriate accountability is essential for business prosperity. If you would like more information about becoming accountable, or if you would like to learn how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

(1) I said, “LORD, have mercy on me. Heal me, because I have sinned against you.” Psalms 41:4 (NCV)

(2) Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. Proverbs 31:10-11 (NLT)

(3) Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)
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Business Planning


Planning and goal setting are synonymous terms.  In order to do good planning you must first establish some realistic goals, both short-term and long-term, and in order to accomplish some realistic goals you must do some planning.  When considering business planning, begin by establishing the long-term goal or purpose for your business.  In reality there is one primary purpose for a Christian’s business:  to glorify God. (1)

In practice, glorifying God with your business functions like this:

  1. Fund the Gospel
  2. Meet Needs
  3. Be a Disciple
  4. Make a Profit

Once you’ve established the long-range goals for your business, the next step is to set specific, short-term operational goals.  We’ll break those down as follows:

  1. Setting Priorities for the Use of Money
  2. Financial Priorities
  3. Time Priorities
  4. Ethical Priorities

Business planning is essential for business prosperity.  Businesses, like people, don’t plan to fail – they fail to plan.  If you would like to learn more about business planning from a biblical perspective or how I can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

(1) Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31(NKJV)