From Comfortable to Committed - Part 4
Heavenly Father, I rejoice in this day, a day you have made. I thank you for yet another opportunity to get to know you better and love you more. Know my heart Lord. Know that I love you and want to serve you faithfully. Speak your word to me Father that I will live it out. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Read: Acts 19:19-20, NIV
19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.20 In this way, the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
Because of the power of the Holy Spirit working through Paul, through his testimony and his preaching of Christ, people were doing crazy, wild things…WAY outside of anyone’s comfort zone. As we touched on yesterday, people were giving up their belongings, their livelihood, former beliefs, etc. primarily because of Paul’s commitment to the cause. The people Paul ministered to either knew directly of his past or had heard of his past. The zeal he once had to pursue Christians in order to take their lives had been replaced with an even more powerful zeal to pursue anyone and everyone in order to “save” their lives.
Paul was once a man of position and stature amongst the Pharisees. After his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul was no longer committed to the religious sect of the day; he was committed to the very man he persecuted - Jesus Christ. Paul relinquished his position of high-standing and committed himself to forever serving Jesus. He sacrificed everything to stay true to his faith, all the way to the end. In his letter to Timothy, Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” What an example for all to chase after!!!
Make a list of your priorities for God and then make a corresponding list of sacrifices you’re willing to make in order to make those priorities/commitments reality. You may have to sacrifice an hour of your time in the morning to read your bible. You may have to skip a night at the gym to mentor a young brother/sister in Christ. You may have to let go of a relationship that’s keeping you from getting close to Jesus. You may have to give up a friend or two to follow the lifestyle God calls you to. You may have to sell something to keep up a financial commitment you made to the Lord. Whatever the sacrifice, know that you are pleasing in God’s sight.
Lord God, you are the ultimate example of what it looks like to sacrifice for a commitment. Without your sacrifice, I would be doomed for eternity. There’s no way I can compare to you, but I pray you will equip me and strengthen me to remove the things and the people that get in the way of me seeking you, my priority #1. I pray that I will sacrifice with a happy and cheerful heart. Lord, bless me with a giving spirit, one that might lead others to you. I give you my heart Lord . . . I give you my life! In the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.