“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed...” (Acts 4:8-10)
Being ‘called to account’ can lead an individual to become defensive and aggressive. It typically means an action or word needs to be explained or defended. Often times it means someone is about to get in trouble, sometimes rightfully so. What happens when that is not the case?
Think of the impact to be made if the reasons we are ‘called to account’ have to do with seeking justice, bringing about healing, and acts of kindness as opposed to being a jerk. Selfishness needs to be ‘called to account’ and is difficult to defend as a Christian; being ‘called to account’ for serving others rarely needs to be defended and most times those being served speak-up in defense.
May we be ‘called to account’ because of our service to others and the Spirit’s work through us to bring about healing.