Friendship Gives Us an Accountability Partner
By: Jill Briscoe
I love that friendship gives us an opportunity to be accountable to someone. There should be no mavericks in God’s kingdom work; no loose cannons on the deck. But unfortunately you know as well as I do that there are. We can say to our friends in ministry, “Keep my feet to the fire; keep me loyal, keep me honest; keep me reaching for a star, and I will do the same for you.” A good friend holds us accountable.
So, “two are better than one” because they have a good return for their labor—a good return for their work. Two people can accomplish twice as much as one, hold each other accountable and share the work and enjoy the fruits of it.
I wrote a book about friendship a while back—now out of print—that was my “thank you” to some friends in my life. Looking back, as I think about the friends I chose to write about, most of them were in ministry with me. Look around and pray that God will give you some way to serve Jesus and find lasting friendships at the same time.
“Ministry “is another way of saying “serving Jesus,” and Stuart and I have a life verse that has been a real bellwether test of how we ae doing in this regard. It comes from the book of Joshua, and says, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (24:15).
Another favorite verse of ours is, “One man will chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight” (Deut. 32:30). Stuart and I reckoned that two of us could make the devil sorry he started this mess in the first place. Our friendship has flourished as we have served Jesus together for more than 50 years. Ministry goes better when we are friends doing it together, and friendship does better when two are serving Him.
Jill Briscoe is the Founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine.