The Danger of Allowing Sin

Commitment is a very necessary part of life. We can’t experience relationship with other people without some level of commitment to one another. We overlook faults, we ignore the little things that annoy us, we give them the benefit of the doubt and we support them and stick up for them when they face problems because that is what commitment means.
Marriage is a picture of commitment. For better or worse, richer or poorer, till death do we part? Marriage is a covenant between people who love each other and they make it because they are willing to commit to stay the course no matter what.
But every year thousands of people get divorced. The divorce rate is hovering around 50%. People who stood in front of friends and family and committed their lives to one another now can’t stand to be in the same room. What happened? Did they never really commit? Or did they allow their commitment to fade and die?
Sometimes commitment is betrayed and love dies. But the greatest danger to commitment is selfishness. When I want to please myself more than the one I have committed to my resolve begins to wane.
Jesus Christ committed to us for all eternity. He will never betray us and his commitment will never wane. But we are called to commit to him with every part of our being. He has to be first, the place of highest importance and greatest significance. But when our commitment to him weakens we are in the most dangerous place we can be as a believer.
Not because we are in danger of losing Christ, He will never leave us. We are in danger of allowing sin to gain control.
Our commitment carries us through dry spells and times when our emotions do not align with our love for Christ, but when our commitment falters it opens the door to allowing sin to enter. Partial commitment opens the door for partial sin.
Can you imagine Paul saying “but don’t let it worry you…serve God with half your heart!”
Recognize that any sin intentionally allowed is evidence that your commitment to Christ needs to be renewed.
Prayer: Reveal my heart and my resolve to love Christ with everything I have and give me the grace to make my commitment stronger.

The Danger of Good Enough

On Sunday I read the following excerpt from unknown source:
On the way to the top of the highest peak in the French Alps there is a small inn. This inn provides rest and relief for mountain climbers. It is called the Mediocre Inn – Mediocre in French means simply “halfway.” Imagine coming off a day of climbing in the icy, windy French Alps. The cold has seeped into your bones. You’re exhausted, and every muscle in your body hurts. At the Mediocre Inn, you find a hot meal and a warm bed. You begin to relax, put your feet up, and get comfortable. Who wouldn’t like that?! But success is not found in rest and comfort. Success – reaching the top of the mountain, requires going back out into the cold and wind. It requires stretching and straining and working towards the goal.
About 80% of climbers never go any further than the Mediocre Inn. Once they have had a day or two of rest and comfort, they turn around and descend the mountain, never reaching 15,774 ft. Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border… They lose the determination to reach their final goal.
Is Mediocre Inn a real place? I don’t know. But I know it is a great metaphor for the Christian walk.
Some of us, from time to time put aside our pursuit of God for another pursuit, one that is more important and more pressing…the pursuit of me.
There was an old Gaither Song that said “I’m not what I want to be, I’m not what I’m gonna be, but thank God I’m not what I was!”
I’m not going to get into the theology of that song but needless to say there are lots of Christians who are satisfied with their improvement and have checked into the Mediocre Inn. And for many believers the spiritual growth and improvement comes to a stop. Fruit of the spirit does not grow when we become complacent in our pursuit of Christ.
So where are you in this pursuit? Are you still climbing? Are you still excited about the next trek to the top of the mountain? Or are you stuck in a comfortable valley?
Prayer: Lead me on to higher ground and keep my eyes on Christ as I keep climbing.

Evaluating our Commitment

This week we close out our series on Freedom with a look at commitment. Freedom from mediocrity is a product of commitment. For the last 3 weeks we have been looking at several aspects of our freedom in Christ.
The Freedom of Obedience – we were rescued out of slavery to sin into freedom in Christ.
The Freedom of Service – Freedom from selfishness begins when we serve others. It is what we are called to do.
The Freedom of Truth – Freedom from hypocrisy begins when we understand truth. Truth doesn’t allow hypocrisy to coexist.
In some ways we have been talking about commitment every week. But there is a difference between choosing aspects of a life that follows Christ and committing ourselves completely to everything Christ calls us to do.
A husband with no commitment to his marriage is failed husband.
An employee who has no commitment to his job will soon be looking for another job.
A teacher with no commitment to his students will never inspire them.
A student with no commitment to learn and study and show up to class will never graduate.
A parent without personal commitment to their children can’t love them and give them the things they need to be successful.
A Christian without commitment to Christ lives with one foot in and one foot out of the Christian life and is no good to Christ and no help to his unsaved friends.
What is your level of commitment? Are you all in? Or are there areas of your life in which you are struggling because of a lack of total commitment to Christ?
What level of commitment is required in order to live the Christian life? Nothing short of 100% commitment will do.
Prayer: Help me to be committed to Christ with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.

Daily Devotions 2020