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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 02:49:27 -0800 (PST)
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
Most Important Question." Great for classes, groups,
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Is our commitment binding or situational?
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor
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Christianity is the result of countless decisions on
moral, ethical and spiritual issues that arise in our
lives. We come upon new ones every day and we address
them as Scripture teaches or we do not.

Commitment is a pledge, promise, agreement and
obligation to be true to our word. We make promises and
we are expected to honor them.

Do we do so because we are bound to be honest and
faithful? Or, do we see them as situational, depending
on whims and whether we have a better offer?

It is time for worship on Sunday evening but our friend
invites us to go to the movie. It is time for us to
read our Bible but we put it down to Skype. We ignore
the contribution in worship so we can buy an outfit to
wear to the hottest party. We drink and dance at that
party because our friends are watching.

Did we really make a binding agreement with God when we
became a Christian or was it a verbal agreement? A
verbal agreement, or a handshake, is a deal built on
honor. Yet, if honor is not our standard, we will
dismiss it as unnecessary.

Do we honor our commitment to God to always be faithful
to Christ? (Hebrews 11:6). Or, do we rationalize it
away whenever another offer arises?

A binding agreement with God means that we put him
first in everything (Matthew 6:33). We stand with him
no matter what happens because he is our Lord and
family (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19).

God has done everything he can to provide salvation for
all of us. Before time began, God decided that we would
have a Savior and that all spiritual blessings would
come from him (Ephesians 1:3-4). God would send his son
to earth to die for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-
11). His blood would be shed for our sins and, as a
result, we would always be safe in him (1 John 1:7;
Romans 8:1).

God asks us to be faithful to him all of our days
(Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3; Mark 12:30). We put him
above everything else and we give him complete priority
in life (Colossians 3:17).

God says that he will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5).
Yet, we will remain with him except when we have
something better to do? What if the roles were
reversed? Would we ever have faith in God? Would we
ever be committed to him? Yet, we expect that of
Christ?

Commit to God always and heaven will commit to you
eternally.
 
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