Matthew 16:24-27 – “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.” NASU
If commitment is as important as I am contending and the Bible declares then I must ask, “Why is it not more prevalent and evident in today’s church?” That is a question that I hope sticks in your consciousness and propels you to conduct an examination of your own heart, life, and condition. If it does that, God will bring you to a conclusion that will help you enter into a Covenant Relationship with Him that is anchored in COMMITMENT.
WHEN JESUS TAKES TOTAL LORDSHIP OF YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL FIND AN OVERFLOW OF SPONTANEOUS JOY…
In short, being a Christian who is totally committed to God will make you a fun person. No, you won’t sit, soak, and sour but you will be filled with the oil of gladness and enjoy life. You will become somewhat magnetic because of the excellent spirit in you. There will be a Spirit of Joy in your life that will draw people like honey draws flies. The presence of Jesus brings Joy unspeakable and full of glory!
I heard the story of a preacher who had been invited to speak at a college and in the course of events he was invited to a prayer meeting. In that meeting one of the people praying kept praying for someone, describing their life, where they lived and called them by name. The prayer was focused on this individual’s plans to leave his wife and family and run off with another woman. He prayed, it over and over. After the prayer meeting, this guest speaker got in his car to drive back to his hotel and encountered a man on the turnpike and felt prompted to pick him up. The man got in the car expressing his gratitude for the ride and gave his name. The name of the man targeted in prayer just minutes before. The preacher exited the freeway and headed back to the prayer meeting area to the surprise of his passenger. The man asked, “What are you doing?” The preacher said, “I’m taking you home.” The passenger asked, “Why?” The preacher said, “Because you are leaving your wife and children and you need to go home.” The man was in shock and asked, “How do you know that?” The preacher said, “God told me.” There is no greater joy than knowing that your life is under the control of the Holy Spirit.
WHEN JESUS TAKES TOTAL LORDSHIP OF YOUR LIFE EXPECT TIMES OF SORROW AND SUFFERING TO FOLLOW…
One of the results of coming to Christ in total commitment is that your heart will be broken by what breaks His heart. The things that make Him cry will make you cry. You will have His heart and mind. There are places in the world where children are intentionally crippled to make them better beggars. Imagine standing in a bread line and having to tell the next person in line, “Sorry there is nothing else?” We focus so much on ourselves that we are insulated from the plight of much of the world. When we become possessed by the Lord in total commitment and His mind becomes our mind we will enter into His suffering and the suffering of others will impact our lives. There is incredible Joy in walking in Jesus, but there is also Agony. We are told to “Bear one another’s burdens.”
WHEN JESUS TAKES TOTAL LORDSHIP OF OUR LIVES WE WILL EXPERIENCE HIS ANGER AND IT WILL BECOME OURS…
We will hate sin and the ravages of sin. I believe that political oppression, racism, sexism, abortion, homosexuality, perversion, pedophilia, terrorism, drugs, humanism, and apathy make Him angry. 1 John 3:8 tells us that, Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil… When you become a Christian, those things that break the heart of God and anger Him will do the same to you. We will rise up and declare, “Lord, I am ready to join you in destroying the works of the devil and recovering our inheritance in Jesus.”
The Gospel is not simply that we go to heaven when we die it is that Jesus is here and now and He will enter into your life and remove those things that hinder and defile. He will purge you of many cultural ideas and traditions that hinder. The Gospel causes you to LOVE, to Love God and to Love People like you have never loved before. When Jesus takes total control of your life He transforms you into somebody He can use to change your world and in so doing change the world. That will never happen without COMMITMENT!
God, bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!