“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’ ” (Luke 9:23).
What is the golden thread that binds a person to God’s blessing? Commitment. Because of commitment, or lack thereof, people will or will not embrace the walk God has graciously provided us. Commitment will propel us through all manner of difficulties and setbacks, and move us forward to do God’s will. Jesus was unlike other so-called religious leaders in that He spelled out what His followers might expect:
“Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours” (John 15:20).
Commitment strengthens our resolve to remain true to Christ. Jesus set the pace and we enter into His tribulations. But we also enter into His reward. The apostles rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer for Jesus’ sake (Acts 5:41). Having seen the risen Lord, they were persuaded beyond all doubt that their mission was from God.
Commitment forces us off the fence. Elijah chided the Israelites for their indecision:
“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ And the people did not answer him a word” (1 Kings 18:21).
Even Jesus when addressing the Church of Laodicea told them to get cold or hot for God (Revelation 3:15-16). When we commit to Christ, we have already weighed the issues and have decided to suit up for battle. Commitment will take you far and to many good places, but it will never leave you on the fence.
Commitment leads to certain blessings. Many people hope for a better life, and often get stuck in the valley of wishful thinking. The committed follower of Christ rests assured of God’s blessing both now and at the finish line. They have fought the fight and finished the race, and a crown awaits them (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Paul echoes this theme in Galatians 6:9:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 2:9).
The Bible reminds us that God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:18) and cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18), that which He has promised, He will deliver. When Jesus returns, He brings His reward with Him (Revelation 22:12). A solid commitment to Christ will lead to a life well spent, and eternal reward.
Posted on Fri, October 14, 2016
by Sam Petitfils