I thought it would be good to share what I learned this past Sunday.
Let’s discuss Matthew 22: 36-38… Take what you need from it.
When evaluationg your life and what you’ve done to excel, ask yourself: Are you there yet? Have you reached your full potential? If not, what are you going to do to get there? Are you willing to do anything? If you’re like me you’re futuristic and you’re always planning out your next move. Strategically we think we’ve figured out ways to beat the system and gain a wealthy that in reality amounts to nothing. What most fail to realize is that God is in control. When you adapt to wordly needs, you lose the meaning in being solely filled with Christ. It’s an all or nothing proposition.
The greatest commandment is being fully committed to God, but understanding that this committment isn’t cheap. All things that you prefer to do, you have to let go. You have to pay the cost in following the Lord and understanding that your latter will be greater. Committment is a high cost of sacrifice. It calls for suffering and requires surrender. Since we live in a world of sin, we get lost in distractions. Committment doesn’t come from obidience, it comes from the current situation. People only feel the need to commit if it doesn’t ask for too much.
Author Dietrich Bonhoeffer published a book titled: The Cost of Discipleship. He analyzes the distiction between “Cheap Grace” and “Costly Grace“. I found this extremely essential. The following definitions were given:
1. Cheap Grace – “the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner, the grace we bestow on ourselves, the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…”
2. Costly Grace – “the treasure hidden in the field, the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock, the sanctuary of God; it has to be protected from the world, and not thrown to the dogs…”
Take a moment and think about your current relationships, whether they be with your significant other or with family mambers. You’re quick to support them and act on demand. You never fall short in saying you would take a bullet for them and never leave their side. Are you willing to do the same for Christ? Are you determined to be a ride or die for the Lord? Is your relationship with Christ worth it all? Being partically committed just won’t do. YOU expect PEOPLE to treat you a certain way, just as GOD expects YOU to treat him a certain way. You cannot have one foot in the church and another foot in the world. Straddling the fence just isn’t an option.
Make Him an obligation.
The source of your supply deserves nothing less.