The Call of Commitment - Body Building
God stated purpose for man from the time of creation is stated in Gen 2:18
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (KJV)
God saw that it was not healthy for man to be by himself.
He was too vulnerable.
Too self centered
So God created the first institution which was marriage!
From that came companionship, development, family!
The second institution developed by God was the church!
Its type was the nation of Israel
Its fulfillment was the New Testament Church
Jesus Built this when He declared to Peter. . .Matt 16:18
". . .I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. . ." (KJV)
Paul the Apostle carried out in definition more of the purpose of that Church in my Scripture reading of Ephesians 4:4-16
I want to focus on the real building of the church not the exterior structure that we have such a tendency to attach it to.
Peter understood this concept of the church using an analogy of a building as a Body which he expressed in 1 Pet 2:5
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJ)
What does it take to Build this church - this Body?
Suggest to you four steps.
Today I want to focus on the first of several aspects required for Body Building.
To ever accomplish anything in life you must be totally committed to it!
If you are looking for a reason to get out of anything you will find one!
There is always a back door.
Some loophole in the fine print.
Jesus wants the back door closed and cemented over.
There is no way to be His follower if you are always looking for the way out or the loophole.
You'll never grow! You'll never change!
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