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::Devotional:: ‘What does the Lord expect from us?’

July 26, 2010

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve been “saved” for most of your life.  Maybe you’re not and you’ve only been a Christian for a few months, weeks, or even days.  Do you know what the Lord expects from you now that you bear his name?  Over the course of this week I want to look at several different expectations the Lord has that we need to set our sights on fulfilling.  Today I want to look at commitment.  The Lord expects us to be committed to him.

Commitment is a concept that is fading away fast in our postmodern culture.  Commitment represents something that is absolute and unchanging while our postmodern culture is representative of nothing absolute.  Gone are the days of a man working his way up from the bottom of the corporate ladder to the top within one company.  Most people are not committed to doing that today and truth be told most companies aren’t really committed to that either.  Today, many people change jobs at least every few years; always trying to jump up a few rungs on the ladder each time.

Gone are the days where professional athletes were committed to the teams that signed then into a professional contract.  Albert Haynesworth has been called one of the best defensive players in all of the NFL.  He’s got a contract with the Washington Redskins that is worth millions of dollars because they are counting on him to be committed to his position on their defensive unit.  Mr. Haynesworth is not a fan of the particular defensive scheme they are using and therefore has been reluctant to commit.  Gone are the days when a player was committed to what was best for the team and not just themself.

We could talk about marriage commitments, parenting commitments, and even things like a commitment to a college education, but I think my point has been made clear already.  We are surrounded by a society that lacks commitment and that’s why it’s important for us to remember that the one who committed his life to us, expects us to commit our lives to him.

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses hi s life for me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”  Matthew 16:24-26

Salvation is free.  It can’t be earned and it can’t be bought.  But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t expectations once it is accepted.  When we consider all that Jesus committed to us we need to remind ourselves that we are to be totally committed to him.  Remember, we have been redeemed which means we have been purchased from sin.  The scriptures say we are not our own for we have been bought with a price.

I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord today but take a moment to consider your commitment to the Lord.  Does your commitment to him resemble the types of commitments that are out there in the world or does it resemble the types of commitments that are in his word?  It’s obvious which one the Lord expects from us, so let’s get to it.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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