Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Back to Basics – Part 2

Michael continues: The first Commandment is to have no other gods between my face and God's face. God is looking for faithfulness and commitment from those who profess to follow Christ. We've been called to sacrifice, surrender, bow down and submit our hearts under the mighty hand of our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ himself is our commander in Chief.  Men and women of God sometimes need to be "humiliated" in order to learn the meaning of "humility." The antidote to pride is to give up the right to our own selves. We must discipline ourselves to find out whether or not we're committed. Commitment means a promise to do, give, and to be loyal ... resolute, and not turning back. It means to want another's will instead of my own despite danger and hardship.  

In the book of Acts, Paul left Ephesus and headed toward Jerusalem where the Christians were being persecuted. Paul also had his heart set to go to Rome. On his journey, he stopped 40 miles north of Ephesus and wrote to the elders in Ephesus, "I preached the word boldly to you both in your houses and in large public gatherings. I preached that men should repent and to come to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation."  Paul felt compelled to go to Jerusalem even though the elders tried to persuade him not to go. Paul said, "I'm aware that sufferings await me in Jerusalem, however I count my life not dear to me. Rather I count it joy to suffer for the Lord. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." He said, "my only aim is to complete the task that God has given me...  To testify with my life on behalf of my Lord Jesus Christ." Like Saint Francis said, "preach the gospel ... When necessary, use words."

The life's goal of a child of God is that others may love Jesus Christ more because they spent time in His presence. As John the Baptist said, "I'm not the bridegroom. I'm just here to introduce the bridegroom Jesus Christ to his bride, the church. I must decrease that he may increase." The Apostle Paul's goal was to know Christ and to make Him known. His commitment, duty and assignment was to live to the glory of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As soldiers of the cross, our commitment is to stay at our post until our Commander releases us to a new assignment. Our calling is our commitment to Jesus Christ to lift up the gospel of Jesus Christ. We've been called to our place in the wall to stand in the gap to assure God's protection and blessing.  

According to John, These things I have written unto you so that ye may know that ye have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The joy of the Lord is our strength.  What is our commitment? Let us then hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Let us get back to the basics of love, honor, respect and reverence God and keep Hhis commandments, for this is the whole duty of mankind.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael

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