Father, give me the grace to be committed to the kingdom business.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Commitment means been bound to a course of action or to another person or persons. There are numerous references in the bible addressing the Christians in various aspects of life: to our families, neighbours, employers, the church, our health and in all things we do or say (Eph.6:5; Heb.10:25). But the bible also teaches that the chief commitment of our lives is to God Himself (Matt. 22:37-38). God requires our complete devotion, all that we do and all that we can be.
Biblical Instances Of Commitment
There are several instances of commitment in the bible.
Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son, Isaac (Gen.22:2-3).
David’s men risked their lives to get water for their master (2 Sam.23:15-17).
Ruth stayed with Naomi during her hard times. (Ruth 1:11-18).
Esther was committed to saving the Jews from destruction (Esther 4:15-16).
Joshua demonstrated unwavering commitment to the worship and service of God (Joshua 24:15).
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were resolute in their faith even in the face of threat to their lives (Daniel 1:8-16, Daniel 3:13-18).
Paul was ready to spend and be spent for the course of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 12:15; Phil. 1:21).
David was committed to praising God. (Psalm 57:7; Psalm 108:1).
These are for our admonition as Christians.
Signs And Cost Of Commitment
A. Commitment comes out of love, gratitude and passion. Here are some signs of commitment:
Willingness to obey and wholeheartedly surrender to the leadership of Jesus Christ (Matt. 16:25-25).
Willingness to give sacrificially (Gen. 22:2-3, Genesis 9-10).
Willingness to endure hardship for the sake of the gospel (2 Timothy 2:3).
Willingness to go extra mile or pay the ultimate price (Acts 12:10-13; Esther 4: 15-16).
Willingness to witness for Christ (1 Corinthians 9:16-17).
Willingness to spend quality time alone with God (Joshua 1:7-9; John 15:7-8).
B. The true cost of commitment to Christ is self-denial, cross-bearing and the continual following of Him (Luke 9:23).
C. Jesus tells us that our commitment to Him must supersede our commitment to even our families (Luke 14:26-27). Those who cannot make that kind of commitment cannot be His disciple.
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