Spiritual Talk> Total Commitment!|
To me, one of the most beautiful and meaningful passages
is found when Paul stated:
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no
longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son
of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal.
Maybe that this verse does not mean a lot to us today
because we don't see this kind of commitment to Christ from
Christians. Indeed this is sad. However, should we not be
committed to the Lord in the same fashion? I believe we must.
Let us examine this passage and then compare it to our own
lives to see if we are as committed to Christ as Paul was.
We Must Die!
Paul first stated, "I have been crucified with
Christ." I believe that Paul has reference to his own
conversion. Paul taught the Romans, "knowing this, that
our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin
might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves
of sin." (Rom. 6:6). The act of baptism is what Paul was
speaking! When we were baptized, we died to sin and thus
figuratively "crucified" ourselves with Christ. As
Christians, we cannot continue to live in the ways of sin
(Rom. 6:1-2). We must live a life that the Lord and His will
Therefore, the next logical step is to be raised to live
Christians Must Surrender All!
"It is no longer I who live," Paul states. Here
I believe we can see what kind of commitment Paul had made to
live for the Lord. We must understand that if we want to live
as Paul lived, we must realize that we must surrender our
wills to the will of Christ. Yes, we are alive physically.
Yes, we must still make proper choices and overcome
temptation! However, we do these things by making the choice
when we obeyed the gospel to allow Christ to live in us. We
do this by allowing His word to dwell in us. In an
interesting passage found in Galatians, Paul states that
those who walk after the Spirit ". . . do no do the
things that you wish" (Gal. 5:17). To be totally
committed to Christ is allowing Him to guide us in our lives.
Doing and living the way He lived, following the examples
that He set (1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Peter 2:21-22).
Justified by Faith
A committed life to Christ does not come by accident. It
is a life that is purposefully lived. Paul explains, "I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
Himself for me." It will take great faith to live for
our Lord. Paul had this faith in Christ to the extent that
some accused him of being "beside ourselves" (1
Cor. 5:13). However, what these people did not understand is
how one could love and have such a great faith in Christ (1
Cor. 5:14,15). When we fail, it is because of lack of faith
(Heb. 3:12). We must be aware that we must sustain our faith
This faith that we have will lead us to walk by faith.
Paul stated in several passages as he would quote the prophet
Habakkuk, ". . . But the just shall live by faith."
(Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). "The
faith" or the gospel of Christ produces this faith by
which we walk. Christians must not reject the words of Christ
(John 12:48). Christians must have a working faith (James
2:17-26). Children of God must "holdfast the pattern of
sound words" (2 Tim. 1:13). Getting to heaven will
depend on whether I live by faith in the Son of God. As Paul
would later write to his beloved son in the faith, Paul would
"For I am already being poured out as a drink
offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have
fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have
kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only
but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2
Would it not be wonderful to be able to state these same
words when it comes our time to die?
I believe Paul could state these words because of he was
totally committed to God in his life. I also believe that if
we would be totally committed to our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ, we could declare the same thing. It will take
commitment on our parts to go to heaven! Thus, I ask you,
"how committed to the Lord are you?"
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