Daniel Webster, when asked what was the greatest thought that had ever entered his mind,  replied: “My accountability to Almighty God”.

This thought evidently hasn’t occurred to many people, at least it wouldn’t appear to be  so from the way most people are living. Their lives reflect more of an “eat, drink, and be merry for  tomorrow we die” attitude, than any thought of being held accountable to God.

When we stop to reflect just how great God is, and then remember that Jesus told us that not even  a sparrow can fall to the ground without our Father’s knowing it, we can understand that everything  we do is known to Him. In a general way, the whole world is accountable to God, for He knows when  the sparrow falls, yet that is the end of the sparrow. So it is with most men. They live and die like a  flower blossoming in the desert air. They are as though they had never been.

When we consider that by our knowledge of God we place ourselves in an accountable position  to Him and also become eligible to receive from Him that glorious prize of everlasting life that He  has offered to those who do know Him and have kept His commandments, it truly becomes one of  the greatest thoughts that has ever entered our minds.

In the hall which our ecclesia rents on Sunday, there is a plaque over the fireplace that says,  “Knowledge is Power”. When we realize what power there is in the knowledge of God, it is truly  staggering. It is knowledge that is able to make one wise unto salvation. This knowledge is so powerful  it will bring dead bodies to life again in the resurrection at the last day. This knowledge is so powerful  that it makes us accountable to Almighty God. James tells us that “to him that knoweth to do good,  and doeth it not, to him it is sin”. Now the question is, when we know what we should do, when we  realize that we are accountable to God, what do we do and how do we act? Paul warned the Romans  that “every one of us shall give account of himself to God”.

Does our life reflect the fact that we understand the point Jesus made when he told us that every  idle word that we shall speak, we shall give account thereof in the day of judgment? For by our words  we shall be justified, and by our words we shall be condemned. Knowing this, Paul admonishes us  saying, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought  to answer every man”.

James warns us about the dangers of the tongue and all the trouble it can get us into. When we  consider that God knows not only everything we say but even what we think, surely our accountability  to Him is a thought we should never forget. Let’s hope we are not like the foolish servant who knew he  was accountable to his lord yet took his talent and hid it in the earth. He knew his lord would return.  He knew he would be held accountable for the talent. In spite of this, he did nothing. We need to be  on guard that we are not foolish servants of the Lord hiding our talents in the earth. All we have to  do is try. God gives the increase, but He won’t give it to us if we are sitting down.

Truly, knowledge is power. Paul’s desire was to know Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection.  Knowledge, like faith, is useless if it’s all alone.

Actually Peter says it would be better not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after having  known it, to turn from the holy commandment. Since we know, and we know we are accountable,  let us, with God’s help, use our knowledge in works meet for repentance that at the coming of Jesus  he will be pleased to say to us, “Well done.”