The Danger of No Commitment

God does not force this choice upon any of us. He expresses His love towards us and He calls us to join Him. He calls us to commit to Him.
You see God has great plans for us…as his people we are his treasured possession…KJV calls us his peculiar people…doesn’t mean we are strange…means we are a particular possession, a treasure above all other treasures.
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
And we can’t even imagine what God has in store for us:
1 Corinthians 2:9
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
So here’s the deal: God knows you…He knows your heart, He knows what satisfies you, He knows you more intimately than you know yourself and he loves you. But He will not satisfy Himself with only being a part of your life…if you are a Christian He must be Lord of your life…and rather than losing our life in serving God we find ourselves…the person we were created to be…
And that person can never be mediocre. But a lack of commitment opens the door for complacency and mediocrity. Only learning half the truth needed to make half the correct decisions in order to live half in and half out of the Christian life. Living an uncommitted life makes no one happy… not God and certainly not us.
Prayer: Give me the grace to commit my life completely to you will.

The Danger of Serving Self

Yesterday we talked about abiding and what we can look forward to when we don’t abide in Christ. Guess who we replace Christ with?
We mostly replace Jesus with our self. My thoughts, my emotions, my preferences, my worries, my anxieties, my pleasure, my satisfaction, my comfort and my care all become center stage. The things I think are most important become my idols and the things I worship.
Jesus calls us to put the self to death.
I love this quote:
A Christian is someone who is willing to give up that which he cannot keep, to receive that which he cannot loose.
What is there about your life that is eternal and can be transferred to the life to come? Your car? Your house? Your job, or income or bank account? What about your toys and the things you entertain yourself with? Is any of that going with you?
Then why do we act like it is so important? Jesus said:
John 12:25-26
25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
You may not realize it now, but one day you will stand before Jesus and the only thing that will be important to you will be his approval. And for many on that day it will be too late.
Can you imagine the look peter received from Jesus the night he betrayed him? The rooster crowed and Peter looked at Jesus and he saw the look of disappointment in Jesus’ eyes. He went out and wept bitterly and asked for forgiveness and it was given to him. That look motivated him the rest of his life.
Think about the look you would receive right now if you were standing in his presence?
We have often betrayed the son of God. We have failed him time and time again. Imagine the way he might look at you and if you need to seek his forgiveness do it now. But remember that look. Allow it to motivate you and keep you from the danger of serving yourself instead of serving the one who died for you. Don’t push him out of the picture because your eyes are always on yourself.
Prayer:  May I one day stand before Christ and hear the words, “well done, good and faithful servant.” Because he died for me I have life, and I will not betray him with that redeemed life by serving myself.

The Danger of Mediocre Fruit

John 15:4-5
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
What does it mean to abide? It simply means do not become detached. Don’t disconnect yourself from Christ. It means to remain. I in Him, Him in me. How do you know you are connected? You are bearing fruit. How do you know you are not abiding? You are not bearing fruit.
Paul gives us a list of spiritual fruit in Galatians 5 in contrast to the works of the flesh.
Galatians 5:22-26
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
How many of you know Christians who are kind of loving? A little patient?
Sort of kind? Somewhat faithful? Some level of self-control?
God has begun to produce fruit in you but that fruit was prohibited from growing to maturity because of a lack of abiding… and it produces mediocre fruit.
What does mediocre fruit look like?
Mediocre in love?
Mediocre in joy?
Mediocre in peace?
Mediocre in patience?
Mediocre in kindness?
Mediocre in goodness?
Mediocre in faithfulness?
Mediocre in gentleness?
Mediocre in self-control?
I don’t want to experience love that is not full, joy not complete, partial peace, occasional patience… none of these appeal to me in the least. I want to express true kindness, basic fundamental goodness, faithfulness to the very end, gentle humble responses even in the face of opposition and I need total uninhibited self-control.
If that means I can’t be complacent in my commitment to Christ than that is what I want. As a child of the king I am not willing to settle for anything less.
Prayer: Thank you for the fruit of the spirit that comes freely as we abide in Jesus Christ.

Daily Devotions 2020