Saturday, January 24, 2009

TOTAL, ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST

People often talks in terms of absolutes. Especially when they are trying to convince you to buy their goods do they promise their absolute commitment to service and quality. Some people are committed to family, to work, to a favorite team, a country, or an ideal. So it should not be strange that Christians speak of their commitment to God in absolute terms.

The Bible speaks to the Christian's commitment to Jesus Christ in Absolute terms. Jesus said "deny yourself", "take up your cross", and Paul said "be a living sacrifice" and "I die daily". A person is either following Jesus Christ or he is not. There might be fakers and wannabe followers of Jesus, but the real deal is total and complete belief that is on board with Jesus' plan. The Christian lives daily for Christ.

Consider why Paul thought his life so unimportant. He was willing to even die, suspend and terminate all earthly plans, for the cause of Christ. The hold the Gospel of God's grace had on the Apostle Paul was complete. He said,
But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24
The Gospel came absolute first in his life.

Likewise for all strong Believers, the Good News of Jesus is relative to everything so as to alter their vision, moderate their speech, tune their hearing, govern their thinking, enlighten their way, calm their fears, subjugate their flesh, and liberate their soul. Commitment to Christ touches every aspect of life when it is complete.

We might be thinking that there is often a gap between the ideal of total commitment to Christ and the reality that Christians are flawed. This is true and we give thenks to God for his forgiveness and abundant grace to help and heal us as we continue along the straight and narrow path that leads to Him. Would you be counted among the imperfect souls who have made the complete commitment to Jesus Christ? If so, listen to His voice for He is the good Shepherd. If so, examine yourself and seek God's will. If so, put away the sin and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. "Why do you delay, arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins calling on His name" (Acts 22:16). These words, spoken to Saul who would later be known as the Apostle Paul, marked the beginning of his life of total commitment to Gospel of Christ.
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