'Take up your cross daily, and follow me.' Luke 9:23 NLT
We know that God wants us to be people who are fully committed in all areas of life. Here are three areas we can look at:
(1) Commitment at work. 'Obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ... Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people' (Ephesians 6:5-7 NLT). Whether we are an employee or an employer, we need to remember that we're ultimately working for God. (2) Commitment at church. We may sometimes have a casual approach to church. We may pick what we like and leave what we don't like. But when we're committed to our church, we commit to encouraging, nurturing, protecting, cherishing and praying for each other, to fulfil our mission together (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). We can make more of an impact outside of the church when we're 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 radically to him. '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"' (Luke 9:23 NLT). This means we no longer follow our own wishes or will, but God's. That's radical commitment.
So what now? Think of one of these areas: work, church or Christ. Think of one way you could improve your commitment in that area, and then put it into practice.
Soulfood: Isa 40:9-11, Isa 42:1-4, Ps 18:31-35