The Commitment of Love by David Cawston

The Commitment of Love
David Cawston
John 1:42

Introduction:
We focus so often on the task that we forget the tools!

In business we are so goal oriented that we lose sight of the instruments that help us achieve our goals.-People

Lampoons Christmas Vacation
Boss who is kidnapped
Bonus check at Christmas
Instead Jelly bean of the month club.
Boss was more interested in the bottom line instead of the people that helped him get there.

God's work is people not goals and numbers! It is People!

We have been so influenced by the thinking of society and the world we have a tendency even in the church to use, abuse, and discard.

We steam roll to the goal and forget the people! How many of you have come out of hurtful situations in churches because they did not care about you as an individual!

Jesus could have easily forgotten the individuals and focused on the goal of the salvation of the lost.

But he did not!
He kept his focus on individuals.
His commitment was not just to love the world but to love every individual in the world.

This portion of scripture speaks volumes to me about Jesus and how he desires that we interrelate to each other.

When Jesus made a relationship He made a commitment of Love to that person.

After all that is what love is - commitment!

Anything less than that is abuse.

I. Commitment that sees our Divine Potential!
Jesus announced what Peter would be!
He saw his potential as God had intended it!
"You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).

Peter Was!
Follower of John the Baptist
Unlearned
Fisherman
Impetuous
Lacked commitment
Liar
Peter Became
Spokesman for the Church
Apostle
Dedicated Follower of Jesus Christ
Rock of the Church
Committed to Death
Man of Integrity

Jesus saw Peter as God saw Peter.
He saw his divine potential!
He said "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (wh ...


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