Whatever your commitment level to God was (or wasn’t) yesterday, last week, or last year, it is definitely the right time for everyone to be more committed to God. Have you noticed, though, that when you decide to give God more, make a sacrifice, say yes to God, go harder after God, give up “that one thing,” or be 100% dedicated, there is usually a fight externally or a battle internally? Still, Jesus is worth it! Here are five reasons to be more committed to God.
1. The Love of Christ
The love of the One that died for you is a love that’s worth wholeheartedly living for. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Since He died for us, proving His commitment and saving us from sure death (Rom. 6:23), the love of Christ constraineth or continually compels us to give Him our ALL. This love, a love beyond all others, demands that we no longer live unto ourselves or for our own will, but live fully focused on the One who died for us and rose again. Love motivated Him to die for us; it is a great reason to live for Him.
2. Life More Abundantly
There is nothing like life, true life, in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:9-10). Though the enemy tries to make sin, distractions, and wrong options look appealing, at the end of the day he is simply a thief who tirelessly steals, kills, and destroys. When we give God a determined yes in our hearts, mouths, and lives, we can benefit from the life the Saviour came to give now and in eternity. And it’s not just any life – He said “that they might have it more abundantly.” Abundantly is a Greek word (S:4053) that is translated more, beyond measure, and exceeding in the Bible. Have you ever been stressed or uneasy because you didn’t give God what He wanted? There is no peace like the peace in the will of God, and no life like the abundant life He gives as we please Him. Stop fighting; just say yes!
3. His Purpose
God can mightily use for His purpose those who completely commit to Him. Examples abound in scripture and in our lives today. 2 Timothy 1:9 makes clear He “saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” He has a plan and oftentimes for us to fully walk in the specific purpose He has in mind, we have to be more committed than we currently are. That is why He sends His word and stirs our spirits to give Him more. Paul told Timothy words that we should hold to: “Neglect not the gift that is in thee… Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Tim. 4:14-15). Wholly means completely, totally, to the full extent. Do you want to fulfill His purpose for your life in the time you have left on this earth? Step up your commitment.
4. God’s Glory
God wants to get the glory from our lives! He wants to be praised, receive honor, and get the credit! Ephesians 1:3-14 describes how God has blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, and sealed us but a phrase keeps coming up in this chapter: “To the praise of the glory of his grace” (v. 6), “That we should be to the praise of his glory” (v. 12), and “unto the praise of his glory” (v. 14). When we allow God to do what He wants to do in us, through us, and for us, He gets the glory because nobody could do it but Him! He is not glorified when we live carnally, selfishly, or slothfully. The results that come from our yes to God’s plan and purpose give God glory. The testimonies from staying in His Word, His will, and His way give God glory. From the praises of our mouths and the commitment of our lives, we can give God the glory He deserves.
5. True Reward
When we are committed to God, He doesn’t forget about us! The first time the word “reward” is used in the Bible is in Genesis 15:1. After Abram made a sacrifice (not taking goods offered to him in Gen. 14:21-24), the Word of the LORD came to him in a vision saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” The first reward in the Bible and the most important reward for us is HIM! When we say yes, say no, make a sacrifice, give extra, or lose something for God, we get Him, or in the words of Paul, we “win Christ” (Phil. 3:8). Being closer to God, pleasing to God, and serving God is a reward in itself! His presence, His Word, His purpose, His name, and His Spirit are a gift! Additionally, when we work for Him because of our commitment, He teaches us “that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). Hebrews 6:10 puts it like this, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” In this life and in the next, God makes sure, according to our works (Matt. 16:27; Rev. 22:12), we get a reward.
Whatever God wants from you, He’s worth this yes! Whatever He is requiring from you today, Jesus is deserving of it. What is your top reason to be more committed to God? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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