Learn to USE Your Bible – Week Eight – Part Three 💕
There once was a farm family that enjoyed a hearty breakfast every morning before starting their chores. Homemade biscuits with gravy, crisp bacon and a couple of eggs was the normal fare.
One day in late fall, the hen and her friend the pig were talking about commitment. The hen proudly told her friend the eggs she produced every day were evidence of her commitment.
“No,” her friend the pig protested, “An egg a day is dedication. My contribution will be bacon for the family throughout the winter. That’s commitment.”
Are you committed?
Or are you only dedicated to God’s Word? Many believers are dedicated to their ‘Christianity‘. Regular church attendance, participation in small groups and Bible studies, spending time with God in prayer and meditation are all fine things. Much like the little red hen, the things they are dedicated to come naturally and require a certain amount of effort every day.
Commitment requires sacrifice
Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.” _Mark 12:41-44 (MSG)
The achievement of any goal or purpose requires commitment—whether for good or for evil. The Bible speaks of commitment in both negative and positive ways.
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God[a] will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal. _1 John 5:15-17 (RSV)
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your vindication as the light,
and your right as the noonday. _Psalm 37:5-6 (RSV)
Each alternative involves making a decision, turning oneself over to something or someone—and then reaping the consequences or reward of your commitment. Understanding commitment and learning to commit your heart and mind and body is central to a life of faith. In fact
Faith devoid of commitment is dead
Here are a few verses that show what it means to be committed to Christ.
- Matthew 4:19-20
- Psalm 37:5-6
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Luck 14:26-28
- Romans 12:1-2
Those committed to God find renewed strength • Isaiah 40:31
Those committed to God will share in all his riches • Hebrews 3:14
If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. _Proverbs 3:5-6 Living Bible (TLB)