Commitment – it’s not a word that people often to like to hear yet it is at the heart of being a disciple. People often want to know God’s will for their lives, but if you’re not committed to following His will, what difference does knowing it make? A good way to measure commitment is to ask: What am I willing to give for Christ? Are you willing to give up your time, your convenience, your money, your style, your job? If God called you to be a missionary, would you leave everything behind and follow His will? Sometimes it’s small things that test our commitment. Would you give up your Sunday afternoon nap so that you can be at the nursing home or a committee meeting? Would you give up eating out or upgrading your phone service so that you can be faithful with your giving? Would you use your vacation to be a children’s camp sponsor? Are you willing to plan your weekend trips so that you’re back in time to teach Sunday School? I’m not saying you have to be at church every time the doors open but our lives as believers should revolve around Jesus.
When Jesus spoke of commitment, He didn’t pull any punches. Jesus told a rich young ruler to sell all that he had (Luke 18:18-23). He told another to give up his home (Luke 9:57-58) Jesus told the crowds that unless they were willing to leave their families and even give up their lives they could not be His disciples (Luke 14:25-33). Jesus continually confronted people with the question: Are you committed to yourself, or are you committed to Him?
We have come to expect the church to arrange everything for our convenience. Yet God is still calling us into a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ that will dramatically reshape our lives in His image for those who are willing to give up everything and follow Him (Philippians 3:3-14).
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX