Posts Tagged ‘ Commitment ’

What’s Freedom For?

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 NRSV

42-15649637July 4 was more than a week ago. The booms and bangs of fireworks have faded. The picnic suppers have been cleaned up, and the patriotic songs put away until next year. But that’s okay, because we paused to remember and celebrate the precious freedoms we have, and the many blessings our country enjoys.

Perhaps the greatest freedom we enjoy is the freedom to believe in God, and to pledge our allegiance to Jesus Christ! So after the fife and drums are packed away, we have to take our hand off our heart, and put it in the hand of the Good Shepherd. Then, and only then, will we be able to fully enjoy the freedoms our country affords. Then, and only then, will we be truly free!

Today’s video illustrates that message through a father’s prayer for his son. Click here to view it. Then pledge your allegiance once again to Jesus Christ!

100% Allegiance

There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. Psalm 81:9 NRSV

MP900446917[1] This is no game. When it comes to faith and devotion, God is completely serious. He wants nothing less than 100% allegiance. He wants your whole heart, soul and mind to love Him and Him alone. God wants your life to be lived in such passion that you are consumed with the desire to worship and to serve Him alone.

The Lord wants you to go where his Spirit leads you, and to do what Jesus asks you to do. God wants you to live by His truth and to believe what He says. He wants you to trust in His everlasting love and to rest in the peace that He alone can give. God wants to be your Alpha and Omega, your beginning and your end!

Is God your beginning and end?

Maybe that seems a little extreme. Maybe you would rather give God His due just on Sundays. Or you could just give God a half an hour every morning for prayer and Bible readings. You might even try to get by with hanging a religious wall calendar up in your office.

All of these are good things. But the question is does God have you full attention and allegiance?MP900399350[1]

Well, what other gods are there to worship? Today many bow in allegiance to their work, to the pursuit of wealth and to the goal of obtaining personal happiness. In fact, there are some who work for these things with a fervor that rivals their devotion to God.

Where else does your allegiance lie?

What would our lives be like if we worshipped and served God as seriously as we worked? How would our days be different if we spent as much time planning our service to God as we spend planning our finances? How different would our lives be if we sought first the Kingdom of God and trusted the Lord for everything else? How different would we be be if we actually gave God 100% allegiance?

If all that were true, I guess there would be no strange gods among us. Then we would not be bowing down to worldly passions or serving selfish desires.

God is a jealous God. He wants our full devotion. He wants all of us. The question is do we want all of him?

God wants all of you!

MP900401933[1]Why not make this day a day wholly for God? Begin by placing your full faith in Him. Then trust God for every need you have. Consider what Jesus would do in every situation you face. Serve the Lord in everything.

As you do, you will know the blessed touch of God’s presence in your life, and you will live in the power of His strength!

Give God Your All Today!

Prayer:

God of all, you deserve my 100% allegiance. Help me to turn away from things that distract me from you and compromise my faith. Help me to keep putting you first, and to serve you above all today and every day!

Amen.

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Committing to the Cause

MP900399987[1] Finding satisfaction and stability in relationships is one of my favorite topics to teach.There’s lots of research on having successful relationships. The problem is that knowing what works is one thing, doing it is another.

One of the most interesting trends in relationship research is the finding that couples who move-in together, prior to marriage, have a much higher rate of break-up than those who do not. There may be many reasons for this, but I imagine the lack of commitment that goes with cohabitation plays a big role.

Whether married or not, all relationships go through highs and lows. The demands of life and the stress of daily living can leave two people feeling distant and disinterested. Once the relationship is strained, cohabiting couples see little reason to stay together. Ending the relationship seems the logical course.

Of course when there is a commitment, like that offered in marriage, it is much more difficult  to walk away, and the consequences tend to be much more damaging.  MP900423080[1]So when stress mounts, and the marriage relationship ends up on rocky ground, doing what we promised to do is key. Marriage involves promising to love, honor and cherish our partners. There was nothing in my vows about “as long as it works out” or “as long as I feel like it.” So when the going gets tough, the committed stay together. They hold true to their vows, and do what they promised to do.

I am surprised at how often what I learn in my marriage relates to my relationship with Jesus Christ. Just like in marriage, I find myself at times feeling very close to my Lord. I enjoy a sense of deep satisfaction, because of the faith relationship I have. There are other times when that isn’t really the case. At those times I don’t walk away from my faith. I don’t turn away from Jesus’ calling on my life. I don’t look for another religious guru to follow. I do the best I can to work through the issues I am having, and try to stay true to my commitment.

Loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and loving others as myself is not always what I feel like doing. But that is what am I committed to doing. My commitment to Jesus Christ, and my promise to serve him to the end, is what keeps me going.

Relationships that last don’t come from the luck of the draw. They last because the people in them are committed to the relationship, and willing to do whatever it takes to honor that commitment. A faith that flourishes isn’t just luck either. It’s the result of disciples who honor their commitment to Jesus Christ!MP900309381[1]

As I mentioned earlier this week, an exceptional life comes from an exceptional commitment. Let’s rededicate ourselves to the cause of Christ, and recommit to being a people through whom Jesus can touch the world with love!

Take My Life

Living an exceptional life begins with making an exceptional commitment. In 1874 Frances Havergal sat down and wrote the words for the hymn, Take My Life. Those words are a prayer of commitment we can each pray daily. Why not make his words your own this week? Make an exceptional commitment, and let Jesus Christ lead you into an exceptional life!

Take My Life

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my life, my moments, my hands and  my feet.

Take my voice, and let me sing, always, only, for my King.

Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my voice, my lips, my will and my heart.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

MP900400451[1]I want to be ever, only, all for Thee!