Are you fully committed to Christ?

It costs to be fully committed. For some, it’s a price too high to pay. Temptation is at an all-time high. Things that God calls sin is often called normal in these end times. God doesn’t lower His standards because we don’t understand them. God is sovereign. It is His right to govern His own creation.

  • John 1:1-3 English Standard Version In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

We must choose to connect with Jesus and commit to Him on purpose. We can’t allow ourselves to be lulled asleep. This requires determination on our part. We can pray for strength to commit to Jesus fully.

  • John 6:65-69 New King James Version65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

We must want to walk with Jesus. We have to want to pray. We must want to spend time with Jesus. If we don’t, identify the problem. We must get with the Lord and see why our commitment is dwindling.

Remember commitment will be challenged by the Four T’s:

  • Tested
  • Tempted
  • Tribulation
  • Trials

Make up your mind in advance to not leave Jesus. Make up your mind not to look back or go back. Remember Lot’s wife. It is possible to being going forward, while your heart is looking back to the world.

The devil wasn’t created to be a devil. He became one. He chose to rebel against God. What are we becoming? Are we choosing to rebel against God or all we choosing to fully commit to the LORD who created us.

Everyone will be tested. There are only two results–pass or fail. We will all be tested based on what we heard from God’s Word. The enemy will always craft a lie based on what is already in God’s Word. Consider Eve.

  • Genesis 3:1-5 New King James VersionNow the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

We must be fully committed to God’s Word and His instructions. So why are we drawn to what we have been told is sin? One minister once said, “Change is not the thing that is dangerous. Being comfortable is dangerous.” Complacency kills passion.

  • Revelation 3:15-17 New King James Version 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
  • Matthew 6:24 New King James Version – No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Commitment to God will cost. In some cases it will cost us our lives. Jesus is so committed to us, He gave His life for us.

  • Philippians 2:8 New King James Version –  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

An Attitude of Gratitude.

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:15-16 NKJV

Don’t ride on “E”–empty. We must know when it is time to be full of faith and gratitude. Jesus often asks us to do something that requires faith. When Jesus responds to our faith, we must not forget to honor the Lord with gratitude. That’s what the ten lepers did who cried out to Jesus for healing.

  • Luke 17:11-19 New King James Version11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.

Only one of the ten lepers healed returned to thank Jesus and give Him glory. Nobody owes us anything. Jesus didn’t have to heal the lepers. But they could have at least said thank you–not just one, but all of them. When was the last time we thanked God for saving us from that car accident, or that illness, or that dangerous situation? Everyone does not make it out of those situations alive. We must learn to be grateful for everything the LORD has done.

One thing we should always be thankful for is salvation. Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. That is the greatest gift we could ever receive.

  • Romans 6:23 New King James Version – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Hebrews 12:28 English Standard Version – Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

No matter how dark our situation is, whether it is the death of a loved one or a personal tragedy, God calls us to give thanks. This is the will of God.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 New King James Version – in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

We must learn to be thankful for everything. Food, clothing, shelter and the basic necessities of life, which many of us enjoy, are all things we should be grateful for. An attitude of gratitude will change our altitude.

God elevates the grateful. Notice the leper who returned to give thanks received not just healing, but wholeness. The grateful leper was made whole.

Our attitude should be good because of WHO we have–the LORD Jesus–and not what we have.

Are you committed or just involved? (Part 3)–Hindrances to commitment.

What are hindrances to being committed? Two major hindrances are:

  • Excuses
  • Fear

We can make excuses for why we don’t commit. Examples of excuses are lack of time, money, the flesh, inconvenience and distractions. These are all justifications as to why we don’t commit. But we can overcome every objection and become steadfast in Christ Jesus.

God is warning us to stay committed to Him. Lack of commitment has consequences in the kingdom of God. We need to take heed when God warns us. Consider Noah.

  • Hebrews 11:7 New King James Version – By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

God warned the head of the family–Noah–so Noah could warn the others. God wants us to warn others too. Watch for opportunities to point people to Jesus. The world measures success by money, fame, status, education and material things. But God measures success by obedience.

We must learn how to obey even when we are afraid. Noah MOVED with godly fear. Some people don’t want to fully commit. If we partially commit, that means we are not committed. To fully commit we have to depend on God. Full commitment means walking by faith and not by sight.

  • John 6: 63-66 New King James Version –  63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”

We can’t be so committed to pleasing people that we don’t please God. It is better to please God rather than man.

  • Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

We have to stay committed even when things get hard.

  • 2 Timothy 2:3-5 New King James Version – You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

When things don’t go the way we thought, do we go back? Do we go back to what we know, back to what is familiar or back to what God has delivered us from? Our souls are on the line. Our souls must commit to following Christ to be saved.

We must be able to overcome the Four T’s in order to stay committed…

  1. Tests (from the LORD)
  2. Temptations (from the devil)
  3. Tribulations (from the world)
  4. Trials

We have everything we need in CHRIST JESUS to pass every obstacle that comes our way.

  • 2 Peter 1:2-3 New King James Version Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

God’s Word is a seed that is programmed to produce godliness. All we need to do is receive the seed of the Word of God and nurture it by obeying the Word.

  • John 5:19 New King James Version19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.