GET TOGETHER- COMMITTED OR DECOMITTED
Mt 6:19 ¶ “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
20 “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
I don’t read articles about college athletes supposedly committing to a particular school and then changing their mind. The term “decommitted is often used when this happens. I realize that some of these young people may not realize what commitment is. Here is a good definition of commitment: “feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job; wholeheartedly dedicated.” I have often said that there is no such thing as decommittting, because if I decommitt to something I really wasn’t committed in the first place. Well, I am not writing this to enter a debate about college athletes, but I feel like the Holy Spirit would have me to write this for all of us to examine our own hearts concerning our commitment level to the cause of Jesus Christ and to the Kingdom of God.
Last Sunday our Pastor David Cantrell preached on everyone having a calling. That is so true. I believe that every person has a calling, and that God wants to use their gifts and talents in the church to advance the Kingdom of God upon the earth. After the message I shared with Pastor David that sometimes it appears that those who oppose the Kingdom of God and the cause of Christ may have a higher level of commitment and dedication that we do.
Our passage above is from Jesus Sermon on the Mount. Jesus without a doubt was the greatest Preacher to ever walk the face of the earth. He is the Incarnate Son of God and there has never been and never will be one like Him. He is the Alpha, and Omega, the Beginning, and the End. With that said I have often wondered if He got many Amens while He was preaching the Sermon on the Mount. And by the way I do Amen a good word. But on the other hand, there are times that the Holy Spirit is searching our hearts in such a way not to condemn us, but to bring us to the place of servanthood that God has called us to function in and we may be saying silently oh me.
We all must ask ourselves this question in this critical time in the Kingdom. Am I more focused on laying up treasures here on earth where moth, and rust destroy, or that can be stolen? Or am I more committed to laying up treasure in Heaven that neither moth, nor rust can destroy?
At a Christian retreat that I gave my heart to the Lord on the speaker brought up several points that can help us to find the answer to those questions. Where do I spend most of my time? Where do I spend most of my money? Those are good starters.
The last couple of months my Old Testament readings have been from the Minor Prophets as well as Isaiah, and Jeremiah. When I read the similarities between what was going on in the culture in Judah and Israel to what we see in our culture today it really concerns me. They came under the judgment of God and suffered very serious consequences.
My current New Testament readings are from the Gospel of John. In those readings I see a Savior that came to seek and to save that which was lost! I see a Savior that opens the eyes of the blind! I see a Savior that tells a woman at a well that although she has had five husbands and currently living with a man that she is not married to that she can have living water and a new life! I see a Savior who tells a woman who was caught in adultery that He does not condemn her, but to go and sin no more! I see a Savior who raises the dead! I see a Savior who models commitment! I see a Savior willing to die on the cross for the vilest sinner! I see a Savior who was raised from the dead! I see Savior who fills people with the Holy Spirit so that we can serve Him with great joy and expectancy!
I see a Savior that I want to be more committed to than my favorite football team! I see a Savior that I believe can turn this country and the world from darkness to light from the power of Satan to the Kingdom of God! Where are you storing up treasure today? Are you living out the commitment that you made to Jesus Christ the day that you were saved? I must ask myself these questions as well. Am I as committed as Peter, Paul, Mary Magdalen, and those early followers of Jesus Christ? the Apostle John wrote these words to the church at Laodicea : Re 3:14 -16¶ “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
May we grow in our commitment level in such a way that one day we will hear the Master say “well done my good and faithful servant. This is not working your way into Heaven, but it is a committed response to the One who paid the price for you and I to go to Heaven.
Let Us Pray
Lord forgive us when our commitment level has not been at a level that will advance Your Kingdom upon the earth. Today impart to us such a level of commitment that we can be used to take the Gospel to a world that needs you so much. Lord we know that if we don’t and you should tarry, that the culture that our children and grandchildren will grow up in depends upon it.
In Jesus Name
Love You All
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