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Fully committed

'I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.' Philippians 3:8 NKJV

Nowhere in the Bible does God say he's going to send us to safe places to do easy things. But he does promise that we will be safe in him and that he'll never leave us to do challenging things on our own. He says he'll always be with us (see Deuteronomy 31:6).

Paul was fully committed to God: He wrote: 'Those things were important to me, but now I think they are worth nothing because of Christ... I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord...I want to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead. I want to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death' (Philippians 3:7-10 NCV). He said, 'to live is Christ and to die is gain' (Philippians 1:21 NIV).

Faced with the cross, even Jesus prayed the ultimate prayer of commitment: 'Yet not my will, but yours be done' (Luke 22:42 NIV). This may seem pretty extreme, but God's looking for 'all-in' faith. He's looking for followers who'll put him above everything else in their lives.

So what now? In order to do life with God, and to walk in his ways, it's best to be fully committed, because his way is perfect and all his promises prove true (see Psalm 18:30). It's okay when your commitment is lower than you'd like - God is always committed to you. Ask God to help you be fully committed to him. It is totally worth it!

Soulfood: 1 Chr 26:20-32, 1 Chr 27, 1 Chr 28, 1 Chr 29:1-30, John 10:11-21, Ps 133, Pro 26:7-12

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