Commit your works to the lord and your plans will be established.

(Proverbs 16:3)

   How can you begin as a Christian without death to self and total commitment to Jesus Christ? We must adopt God’s will as our own and resist digging up our old fleshly ways that were buried when we became a Christian. To “commit” to God means to relinquish control, to give God the reins, to put all our eggs in His basket, to give God the passwords, the power of attorney, the driver’s seat, and the keys. The temptation is to give to God a lease, but not the deed. Because we desire His rewards, we hand over the keys, but we keep a spare set and perhaps another.

   Jesus will have none of that.  He dares us to get beyond a “just-get-by-religion.” A “what-is-the-least-I-can-do-and-still-go-to-heaven” Christian won’t make it. If we think we have just enough religion to save us from hell, we will find out we don’t have enough to get us to heaven. Christianity never goes on sale! There is no bargain basement or discount outlet.  It has one price: everything you have.  It is either pay full price or go home empty-handed.

Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”

Philippians 3:8 “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…”

Luke 14:33 “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”

   Jesus forces us to change our lives. He demands our time, possessions, and interests.  If we are saddle-sore from fence straddling, He says either get in or get out (Revelation 3:15 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.”).

   God has always expected first place – He demands either first place or no place at all.  He wants to be the first consideration in every decision and the final factor in all steps of life! Without commitment, our individual lives will be barren and unfruitful. Without commitment, our lives will lack meaning and purpose. After all, if nothing is worth dying for, then nothing is worth living for. It's the paradox Jesus so often shared when he bid us to come and die that we might truly live. Too many are afraid of commitment when they shouldn’t be.

Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.

With brotherly affection – Andy