Contributor: Minister Keith Evans
Are you committed to God?
This by and large is a poignant question that all of us will be confronted with at one point in time as believers. Sometimes as believers we do need to peruse our walk with Jesus, to see if we’re complying to His word. 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.” Test yourselves.
Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you are disqualified. How committed are you to God? How committed are you to God’s word? How committed are you to prayer? We cannot afford to have a relationship with God that is sporadic and fickle, especially in this season with so much going on.
The dichotomy of having an up and down, and inconsistent walk is very dangerous. It’s time to take inventory, or self-evaluation in our status with God. Luke 10:38-42, “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?
“Therefore, tell her to help me. And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha had mistakenly taken being busy with being committed, or devoted to God, which her sister had gotten right. She had arbitrarily done what she presupposed was devotion to the Lord in being busy. This here is a paradigm or microcosm of what is happening today with so many of us as Christians. We find ourselves busy in church, but our devotion is stymied as it relates to Jesus.
It is indispensable and essentially pivotal that our devotion with God must be salubrious, and robust if we are to accrue spiritually in God. Are you like Martha, working, but have no prayer life? No Bible meditation? Or are you like Mary that is constantly at the feet of Jesus? Are you committed to Jesus, or to Church?
My objective here is not to discourage you in service within your local assembly, but to direct your devotion to God. My trepidation is that like Martha, we have the proclivity to get bombarded with church work, while negating our quiet times with God. Are you committed to Jesus? Are you committed to prayer?
The purpose here is not to dissuade you from working within church or ministry, but to maintain a semblance of balance. Our walk with God must be viable and strong. We oftentimes postulate that busy in ministry is devotion to God. I want to efface that notion that can be detrimental. Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Look to God! Devotion to God! There must be a balance in our service in ministry, while being committed to Jesus first and foremost.
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