All or NothingPosted: June 25, 2012
I was recently involved in a discussion about being partially committed. How would you respond if:
- your employees were partially committed to your organization
- your bank was partially committed to protecting your money
- your best friend was partially committed to a relationship built on trust
- your spouse was partially committed to you.
So, if you are partially committed, are you really committed at all? Imagine the chaos in a marriage if one or both spouses are only partially committed to the marriage. You might as well kiss your money goodbye if your financial institution was only partially committed to protecting it. I doubt that partial commitment is any commitment at all.
Jesus asks for a full commitment. In Luke 14:26, Jesus tells us:
If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.
He wants all of us. He doesn’t want to share us with money, friends, our jobs, or even church. Jesus wants us to love him so much, when you compare our love for Christ to our love for others–including spouses, parents, and children–there is such a gap that it is like we hate our families. A few verses later, Christ reiterates his point:
Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.
What are you committed to? Are you fully committed? If not, should you drop that commitment or change it?