When it comes to doing the work of God, are you simply interested or fully committed?
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Can you remember when was the last time when you were so interested about something?
You are all fired up.
You were so interested that you told everyone that you’re going to do it.
It seems nothing is going to stop you from doing this one thing in your life.
You are 100 percent sure that you want to do this.
However, just a few days or even a few weeks, you have lost interest.
You simply didn’t find the motivation and drive you initially have.
As a result, you abandoned your initial plan.
You simply quit.
What a sad turn of events.
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When you think that you can do almost anything, you suddenly realized that you don’t have the energy, time, and resources to follow through.
In short, you’re not interested anymore.
Do you tell yourself these things:
“I really would like to stay in shape.”
“I really would like to be closer to my kids.”
“I really would like to stop smoking.”
Now, that’s weak.
There’s NO power in those statements.
Those are mere wish lists.
They are nothing but declarations you wish will happen.
Here’s what I want you to do.
Change those statements into commitments.
“I commit to stay in shape.”
“I commit to spending more time with my kids.”
“I commit to stop smoking.”
Did you see the difference?
There’s a whole world of difference between being interested and being committed.
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So, let me ask you:
Are you simply interested?
Or are you fully committed?
Sadly, a lot of Christians today are simply interested.
They are not committed.
They simply see the Body of the Messiah as a mere social club.
When push comes to shove – when the sifting of the true Christians happens – they easily give up.
This reminds me of the Parable of the Sower where we read (Matthew 13:18-22):
Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
A lot of Christians have received the word of God with gladness in their hearts.
Actually, a lot of us are interested in what God has to say in our lives.
Yet, when we are bothered by persecutions, trials, and cares of this world, we easily throw in the towel.
That’s what I mean by just being interested.
However, what did Christ said about those who are not simply interested, but fully committed?
We read in verse 23 of the same chapter:
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Those are the people who are fully committed — who have stayed in their course.
How can you distinguish the committed people from the interested ones?
It’s through the fruits.
Truly committed people produce results.
They don’t just talk the talk, but they also walk the walk.
They follow through.
So, let me ask you again:
Are you just interested — someone who is simply a bench warmer and a spectator?
Or are you someone who is out there doing the work, who doesn’t hold back, who give 100% of his whole being in doing the will of God?
I hope it’s the latter.
Most importantly… Be committed.