COMMITMENT: DO YOU HAVE IT?
ACTS 20: 24
(PAGE 1629 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST is our peerless example of commitment. He often
made such comments as:
"I must work the work of Him Who sent Me..."
"Let us go up to Jerusalem..."
In dark Gethsemane His commitment was emotionally challenged,
for the last time, as He prayed, "Father, if it is Your will,
remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be
done" (Luke 22: 43).
Today, I am going to preach a message many of you won't want to
hear. Some of you aren't going to do what I am going to appeal
to you to do. It is the type message few people enjoy. It is one
of the most needed subjects with which the pulpits of America
need to ring. It is a message on an uncommon characteristic in
our culture. The subject is commitment.
Some will hear the message, compute the consequences, and make a
life affecting commitment to Jesus Christ. You are the ones who
will remember this hour as one of the most important in your
While appealing for deeper commitment on a broader scale, I
would be inattentive if I didn't commend that which exists. By
all vital signs this church has an overall commitment level far
greater than most.
One person shortly after coming into this church from another
commented: "The difference in the two churches is that
the other was a 'committed' church and this is a committed
Church growth authorities say today's younger generation is
looking for this characteristic in a potential church home.
Conversely, we lose some members who come in and find the
commitment level encouraged is more than they want to make. No
one in departing is ever honest enough to give it as the reason
for their exit. Instead, they look around for something or
someone to blame and/or criticize in order to make themselves
look more pious. This is true in every church.
One patented sure fire parting reason is, "The pastor couldn't
walk on water." Simon Peter left a legacy to would be
water-walkers: "You either drown or swallow a lot of water."
On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you score yourself in two
strategic areas of importance? From 1 to 10 score your
commitment to Christ as your Lord. On a scale of 1 to 10 rate
your commitment to His local church.
Now prayerfully consider up-scaling your commitment.
Commitment and consistency are two wings on the same bird.
There is a well analyzed trend in American church membership
today that sh ...
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