TITLE: Reviving Commitment What is Required?
TEXT: Mark 8:34-38
PROPOSITION: God requires commitment.
KEY WORD: Requirements
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
MY COMMITMENT AS A CHRISTIAN
Im part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. Im a disciple of His. I wont look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. Im finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I dont have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer and labor by power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, and my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I wont give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He stops me and when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me my banner will be clear.
(Written by a young African preacher in Zimbabwe.)