Thursday, January 14, 2016

Christ Committed

What does it mean to be Christ Committed?  

Take a minute to think about that before you continue.  

What does it mean to you to be committed to Christ?

We can find this answer in the Bible.  Matthew 19:21Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be [a]complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

When put in that light are any of us committed?  There are a few, I'm sure.

Is this a true "definition" of being committed to Christ.  Was this an example throughout Scripture?

Were the Apostles committed?  

According to Acts 2:44-46 they were sold out for Jesus in this exact manner.

We're given the example of the widow in Mark 12:42-46 giving so much less than everyone else, but she gave everything she had.

How about the little boy with the fish and loaves in John 6?  He gave all the food he had to help Jesus' cause.

But is this an accurate definition of being Christ committed?  If we take things from Scripture absolutely literal it is, but then...

Matthew 5:30 says "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell."

If we take everything we read in the Bible in a literal sense, there's not one of us that would have right hands, is there?

I believe the real reason behind the passage in Matt 19:21 is getting us to do a heart-check.  God is always challenging us to check our hearts and it's condition.  Romans 12:3 tells us to be honest in our estimate of ourselves because apart from Christ we're nothing; eternally speaking.  We have to evaluate ourselves according to God's standard - evaluating ourselves according to the standards of the world and those around us can cause us to think too highly of ourselves.

So... the meaning behind that "definition"; Matthew 19:21.

The young rich man needed to be rebuked.  

He needed for his inadequacies to be highlighted.

His covetousness defied the Spirit of the 10th commandment (do not covet).
His lack of desire to help the poor defied the second of the greatest commandments (to love his neighbor).
His love to stuff surpassed his love for God which defied the 2nd commandment (do not make idols)

See... God wants us want us to desire less of the "stuff" that is meaningless for His Kingdom and more of the right stuff for the right reasons (Kingdom "stuff"). He doesn't necessarily mean we can't have stuff -- He just doesn't want that stuff to have us.  For where our treasure lies, there are heart is too.

Think about the things you ARE committed to.  It might be health, nutrition, staying debt-free, modesty, home schooling, public school, Toyota, butcher block counter tops... whatever it might be.  You're committed.  You won't do it any other way.  You're absolved in that decision.  

Why?  Why are you not willing to be swayed?

Isn't it because you believe in it?  You believe in that particular cause?

The same is true for Jesus.  He was/is completely and totally committed to his Father's business - Luke 2:49 tells us that.

Understand this:
Jesus -- fully God.  Came to earth as man, born in a stable, slept in a feeding trough.  But not just any man, a servant.  And not just any servant, but a servant to death.  And beyond that - death of a servant put to death on a cross made for the worst of the worst.  The lowest means of death.

But He was so fully committed that He emptied himself of everything for me.  For you.  For everyone.  For the sin of humanity.

So how CAN you be committed to Christ in the same way as Christ is committed to you?

Run the race God has given you (not someone else's race).  And do it for the glory of God; being a first rate you, not a second rate someone else.

What race has He set before you?  It all starts at inception

male :: female 
husband :: wife
brother :: sister
father :: mother
daughter :: son
employee :: employer

Each and every one of us wears multiple hats at the same time.  And each hat we wear requires a different approach to ministry.  

How then, are you showing the world, today, that you are Christ committed?

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