By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrew 11:8-10
I remember one day hearing a message that was so simple and yet I felt challenged by it. It was on character. It is the thing that shapes us and builds us. Without a strong character it is impossible to follow Christ. One thing that will reveal a persons character is how strongly they are committed to a cause or vision. Growing up I had many heros I would look to. The ones I liked most were those who were committed their cause no matter what the personal cost. Abraham was such a person. God had given him a promise and a vision. He was committed to the promise no matter what the cost, to the point he was ready to sacrifice his own son. Genesis 22:1-18 God rewarded his commitment and obedience and kept his promise that he would be the father of a great nation (Israel) and that his seed would redeem mankind (Jesus). Abraham didn’t see those promises fulfilled during his lifetime but it didn’t weaken his commitment to God. In Hebrews chapter 11, we read about many who because of faith and character were committed to go all the way, even to the point that they were willing to give up their lives. The early church in the books of Acts is a testimony of the commitment of the apostles and other men and women of God. Jesus is of course is the perfect example of commitment. He was committed to redeeming mankind all the way to the cross.
Today commitment is almost a bad word. Divorce is at an all time high. Employers and employees have mo respect for each other. Sports have become a farce to watch as players will only play for enormous salaries. I used to love hockey. It was my favourite sport. I was a big fan of the Montreal Canadians. They won so many times because they were commited to each as a team. Not any more. It’s all about the individual. It seems the ones most committed in the world today are those who wish to flaunt their sin. Just look at the homosexual and feminist movements and you’ll see what I mean.
Lack of commitment has even affected the church. In most churches today you are blessed if you can find 5% of your congregation committed to serving in one way or another. It is no wonder we have trouble bringing in the lost. In Acts 2:42-47 we see what could happen if we had a church full of committed people. It says in verse 47 that the Lord added daily to the church those who were being saved.
Ask these questions to yourself and bring them to God in prayer. What is your level of commitment? Do you give up when things get a little hard? Can people count on you? Are you committed to going all the way no matter what the cost?
I believe it is the truly committed ones that will hear those words that we all long to hear. "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matt. 25:23
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