This is part two, following on from my email last week. (scroll back in your emails for a recap!)
So, we know that God wants us to be committed, but what areas of our lives do we need to show this commitment in?
1) Commitment at school. School isn’t always fun, lessons seem to drag on and never end, there always seems to be another exam to revise for... At least that’s how I often felt about school. However, God calls us higher: ‘Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily…with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God’ (Ephesians 6:6-7 MSG). We need to remember that we are ultimately working for God.
2) Commitment at church. We can often have a casual approach to church. We pick what we like and leave what we don’t. But when we’re committed to our church, we can work to encourage, nurture, protect, cherish, pray for each other, and fulfil our mission together (have a look at 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). We can make more of an impact outside of the church when we are committed inside the church.
3) Commitment to Christ. Jesus made a radical commitment to us through His birth, life, suffering, and death, and He asks us to commit to Him in the same way. ‘Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”’ That means we no longer follow our own wishes or will, but follow God. That is radical commitment, and it is what God wants from us.
It is all well and good reading this, but we need to put it into practice. Why don’t you choose one of the three areas (work, church or Christ) and think of one way that you could improve your commitment in that area, and then put it into practice. Maybe write it down somewhere where you will see the note regularly so that you don’t forget it.