HOUSE FELLOWSHIP TEACHING OUTLINE (15/05/2019)
TOPIC: FOUNDATION OF SUCCESS – COMMITMENT TO GOD
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TEXT: Matthew 22:37
Commitment, in the general sense, is a state of being dedicated (or given, devoted and faithful) to a cause or activity. It is a promise to be loyal to someone. In relation to God, it means putting all your trust in Him, i.e. entrusting all – life, family, job, career, business, possessions, relationships et cetera to His control (Proverbs 3:5-8).
There is no half measure with God, there is no sitting in the fence. We are to trust Him with all our heart and acknowledge Him in all our ways. By implication, it means that once we make a decision to go with God, we stay by Him alone and do not look back no matter the situation we face along the way. We make up our minds that through the ups and downs of life we remain surrendered to Him and believe that He will lead us to the best (Matthew 22:37; Proverbs 16:3; Revelation 3:15-16).
Commitment to God comes through knowing Him and the things He can do for us. It is not easy to stake our lives and future for something or someone we do not understand. So effort is required on our part to seek out this God who has been there for ages and prove Him over time for who He is. David realized this and followed the path. He prayed God to make him know His ways and to teach him to do His will. He also prayed for the Spirit of God to lead him through life (Psalm 25:4; 143:10). No wonder he grew to become passionate about God.
Faith is also required to make commitment strong. As we grow in knowledge of God, we see all the wonders He can do. This leads us to believe and trust Him for our salvation and well-being. When we become unshakeable in our belief, and refuse to allow challenges of life sway us away from trusting Him, then our faith is formed to receive from God (Hebrews 11:6).
In James 1:6-8, we learn about one of the greatest challenges to commitment. It is called doubt or double-mindedness. The writer likens a double-minded person to a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. He added that such person should not expect anything from the Lord and concluded that he is unstable in all his ways. God wants us to be rock steady with Him all the way because He is quite capable of providing all our needs.
God tests our commitment as we can see in the case of Abraham (Genesis 22:7-8). Some of the trails we go through as committed Christians are truly trails of our faith (James 1:1-4, 12). They are designed to make us stronger and able to support younger ones coming after us. Please note and emphasize that God does not tempt us with evil but may allow us to face situations that will make us depend wholly on Him.
SOME GAINS OF COMMITMENT TO GOD
- God draws near onto us (James 4:8)
- We will be able to discern the will of God (Romans 12:1-2)
- It brings eternal reward and genuine joy in the present (John 3:16; Matthew 6:33)
- We will be blessed in our doings (James 1:25)
- We have all round protection from the Lord (2 Chronicles 16:9)
1 Kings 8:61