Why do I need a sponsor or accountability partner? Sponsorship has been a potent, important part of spiritual growth since people first began doing it. The practice of spiritual direction in the life of the Church is a mentoring or sponsoring movement. Christians have a great heritage of mentoring from the Bible. Elisha had Elijah; the disciples had Jesus; and Mark and Silas had Barnabas and Paul. Evidence of the concept of sponsorship is found throughout the New Testament. There were always outstanding Christians traveling in little groups with followers whom they mentored. Paul commended the Corinthians for doing as he’d advised them to (1Cor. 11:1). He told them to imitate him(2Thes. 3:6, 7).
Having a sponsor or accountability partner is biblical! Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 tells us, “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone …, there is no one to help him.… Two men can resist an attack that would defeat one man alone.” Proverbs 27:17 tells us, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” The phrase “one another” is used in the New Testament over fifty times!
Having a sponsor or accountability partner is a key part of your recovery! Accountability helps maintain an honest view of reality. A second key element is making your attendance at your recovery group meetings a priority in your schedule. An accountability partner or sponsor can encourage you to attend your meetings. Another way accountability is important is helping you keep on track with your spiritual program with Jesus Christ through prayer, meditation, and study of His Word. Your sponsor can pray for you and help to keep you centered on God being at the Center! By providing feedback to keep you on track, a sponsor and/or an accountability partner can see your old dysfunctional, self-defeating patterns beginning to surface and point them out to you quickly. He or she can confront you with truth and love without placing shame or guilt. Ecclesiastes 7:5 tells us that “It is better to be criticized by a wise man than to be praised by a fool!” The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than helped by criticism. Hands down we all need accountability. We all need someone pouring into us, just as we all need someone to pour into.
Today is the day I will get accountability! Today is the day I will recover!