6.7.2011

R U Committed?
"Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment."
Matthew 22: 37 & 38
A hen and a pig approached a church and read the posted sermon topic, "What can we do to help the poor?".  Immediately the hen suggested they feed them bacon and eggs.  The pig thought it sounded good, but told the hen there was one problem with the plan.  "For you it requires only a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment!"
Silly story, but it gets the point across.  Are we making a contribution to Christianity or are we sold out in our commitment to Christ?  Jesus said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."  God does not want our leftovers,  He wants the best that we have to offer, the "first fruits" of our lives.  The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, faced great hardship and persecution from both the established church and the public as he started this work of God we now align ourselves with.  He said "God will have all there is of William Booth."  Can we say that today?  Are we willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our faith and in obedience to the calling that the Lord has placed on our lives?  What about our money, our time, our talents, our homes, and our families?  Have we placed them in His care, believing and trusting that He will accomplish His plan and purpose in their lives?   As you consider these questions I encourage you to come to Christ, seek His face, and ask Him to show you how marvellous a life totally committed to Him is.  There is nothing in this life you can experience that equals the joy of total surrender to your Creator.
Prayer for today:  Show me your ways, Oh Lord, teach me your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation.
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R U Committed?
"Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment."
Matthew 22: 37 & 38
A hen and a pig approached a church and read the posted sermon topic, "What can we do to help the poor?".  Immediately the hen suggested they feed them bacon and eggs.  The pig thought it sounded good, but told the hen there was one problem with the plan.  "For you it requires only a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment!"
Silly story, but it gets the point across.  Are we making a contribution to Christianity or are we sold out in our commitment to Christ?  Jesus said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."  God does not want our leftovers,  He wants the best that we have to offer, the "first fruits" of our lives.  The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, faced great hardship and persecution from both the established church and the public as he started this work of God we now align ourselves with.  He said "God will have all there is of William Booth."  Can we say that today?  Are we willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our faith and in obedience to the calling that the Lord has placed on our lives?  What about our money, our time, our talents, our homes, and our families?  Have we placed them in His care, believing and trusting that He will accomplish His plan and purpose in their lives?   As you consider these questions I encourage you to come to Christ, seek His face, and ask Him to show you how marvellous a life totally committed to Him is.  There is nothing in this life you can experience that equals the joy of total surrender to your Creator.
Prayer for today:  Show me your ways, Oh Lord, teach me your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation.
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