Radical Discipleship (Part 1)

27 Feb 2019, 12:35 // George Bryans

I just want to share with you a couple of thought I have had Ecclesiastes 5:5.

‘It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfil it’

How many times have we felt let down by others? And how many times have we been the person who hasn’t kept their end of the deal?

We’re a commitment-phobic generation. We want to get as much as we can for ourselves while giving back as little as possible. We want to be there for others in good times, but not bad ones. We try to avoid offering to do things or being pinned down by responsibility and obligation. To escape the awkwardness and embarrassment of saying ‘no’, we avoid our obligations and responsibilities by simply making sure we’re elsewhere when we’re needed.

We’re also a ‘sound bite’ generation, we have very short attention spans. We can’t watch TV or wait for a bus without scrolling on our phones. Fun (but worrying) Fact: we scroll, on average, more than the height of Big Ben on Instagram every day! We prefer the talks at church to be simple, entertaining, and above all, short.

This all might sound quite extreme, but if we’re honest with ourselves we can all probably relate to it to some degree.

Radical commitment is rare – but it’s what God wants from us.

Paul said: ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me...’ (Galatians 2:20)

That’s complete commitment to Jesus. Paul surrendered to God’s will for His life; He let Jesus take control. Often we just surrender part of our lives; we only want to commit to Jesus when it’s easy or convenient for us to do so. Radical commitment means we let Jesus have all of our lives, we devote all of ourselves to Him, and we follow Him no matter the cost to us. It’s tough, but it’s what we’re called to do.

Next week I am going to look a bit at what areas of our lives we can show this commitment in.