Radical commitment 1
'I have been crucified with Christ.' Galatians 2:20 NIV
We live in a time that is so full and busy we can find it hard to commit. We may tend to prefer meetings, sermons and appointments to be simple, entertaining and, above all, short. We may find it easier to take than to give back, to be there for others in good times but not in the bad times, to avoid responsibility and obligation because it demands too much from us. This may seem extreme, but maybe we relate to it to some degree? And, quite possibly, maybe this lack of commitment is not bringing us peace?
The Bible says, 'It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfil it' (Ecclesiastes 5:5 NIV). How many times have we felt let down by others? And how many times have we been the one to not stick to a commitment?
The apostle Paul said: 'I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me' (Galatians 2:20 NIV). That's Paul completely committing to Jesus. He surrendered to God's will for his life; he let Jesus take control.
Radical commitment is what God wants from us. It means allowing Jesus to have all of our lives, so that he can teach us the true meaning of commitment to God and people, in all areas of our lives.
So what now? When you're chatting to someone today, give them your full attention. Do not be distracted by those around you, or your phone! Ask God to help you be a person of radical commitment.
Soulfood: Rom 7:1 - 9:16, Matt 14:13-21, Ps 145:14-21, Pro 4:23-24