COMMITMENT

Committed to Jesus means we are alive to God.  God’s Word says, “He that has the Son has life.”  The Christian has life now.  Your eternity with God began when you became a Christian.  Eternity is not a matter of time, rather it is a matter of  kind, God’s kind of life.  That is why we must be able to say, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”  What does it mean for Christ to live in us?

One it will mean that we are sensitive to His presence.
We must love consciously, aware, that we live in the presence of  Christ.  Can we accept the truth that we play life to Christ?  Yet, we are constantly looking to the audience for judgment.  This makes us just a collection of mirrors, reflecting what eveyone else expects of us. We must learn that we stand or fall before our Master, Jesus.

Secondly, committed to Christ will mean that we are responsive to His will.
The will of God and the will of Jesus are exactly the same.  Their will is revealed to us in the pages of the Holy Bible.  God has given us a sufficient piece of His mind and placed it in Holy Writ.  This involves hearing and studying the Word of God so we can be approved unto God, workmen who need not to be ashamed.  We must commit ourselves to living His truth.

Thirdly, committed to Christ means that we are dedicated to His purpose.
The purpose of God through Jesus is to make known His love to all mankind.  The uplifted Jesus upon the cross is the demonstration of the love of God.  Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I shall draw all mankind to me.” If such love will not draw humanity to God, nothing will.  Now, we Christians are the instruments of God’s purpose for God to love people through us.  The Church, God’s people, are in the loving business.

The story is told of a man who inherited a plot of sour land which was covered with stones, stumps, tangled underbrush and weeds.  After months of hard work: picking up the stones, grubbing out the stumps, killing the weeds, uprooting and burning the underbrush and fertilizing and cultivating the soil, he finally developed a beautiful garden.  One day the minster visited and admired its beauty.  The preacher said, “Just see what you and God have done.”  “Yes,” replied the gardener, “But you ought to have seen it when God had it alone.”

Nothing better illustrates our relationship with God.  It is through people that God reaches people. The communication of the saving gospel is from person to person.  We are the means of conveying God’s truth and love to the world.

One Response to “COMMITMENT”

  1. Good Monday Morning Max , This is a beautiful way to start the week , and on “Labor Day” a Holiday . My Prayer is that each day I will become a better workman for Christ, who has done so much for me . Thank you for these reminders of what God has done for us in sending His Son Jesus to make away for us to be with Him . May God continue to use you as you study and send out these devotionals each week !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

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