What an incredibly powerful statement Tony Evans made in saying:
“Jesus did not pay full price for us to be half-committed Christians.”
Simply stated, we expect to get full use, joy or effectiveness out of something we pay in full for when we acquire it. For the most part, we are expecting to receive that full use or commitment immediately. Anything less than being fully so, in this day and time is utterly intolerable and will be sanctioned by any and all means possible – whether that be related to the item in question or not, nor does it even have to be remotely close to reasonable.
Somewhere in this is the Christian’s need to consider our “Reasonable Service” (this has been used in another Series in the past) which is plainly placed before us in Romans 12, verses 1 and 2.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:1-2 | King James Version
Our Lord committed His life to our ability to have Salvation, being Redeemed and having our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
In What Manner Are We Committed
As Christians we have the benefit of SO much, where the world doesn’t realize even a single real benefit of any of it. Could that be because we as God’s Children have not realized there is a commitment to be made? We don’t have to have blood sacrifices anymore, because the final, sinless Lamb has already been slain – all we have to do is be a “living sacrifice” that is “Holy, acceptable to God…” We are further warned in Romans 12:2 that we “be not conformed to this world…” for it is not good, not acceptable, nor perfect, Will of God. We are NOT perfect for certain, but we are made Righteous in God’s eyes and should be committed to Him through His Son.
That commitment does not come without instructions or helps – Our Lord’s desire is for us to “reason together” (Isaiah 1:18) and be “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (I Peter 3:15) What we do is up to us and how we decide we are going to listen to the Holy Spirit that resides inside the heart of every Believer.
As we can clearly see from a charge given by Kind David to his son Solomon in I Chronicles 28:20:
And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
I Chronicles 28:20 | King James Version
His focus, even whilst being King was “for the service of the house of the LORD.”
This Series has seven (7) passages of Scripture that comprise as many ways to being fully committed Christians.
Ways To Be Committed
Shall Be As Wool
Heardest My Voice
Discern Good And Evil
Until Thou Hast Finished
More Than The First
What a POWERFUL reminder to bring conviction upon our hearts about being Committed Christians! Unfortunately, at times we may each find ourselves not considering the Full Price that our Lord Jesus Christ paid with His life, death, burial, and resurrection for our Salvation and Redemption. I personally like for things to be completed and done so in the best manner possible, which applies to how I want to represent His Word and Testimony. Just imagine what could be done for the cause of Christ if we each would show our commitment to Him more fully. A couple of things have come to my mind that I can change, will you join me in taking a long look into your own devotion and commitment, to see what might be there that could be changed? This Series can help each of us make that review.
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