What This Church Needs

Let’s consider this: Suppose an employer wants an employee to work a little extra time for him. What is the employee to do? Two things. One: he will ask himself, “How committed am I to my job?” Two: “What am I willing to give up to cooperate with my employer?”

Once these two things are answered, then the employer will get the extra hours needed from the employee. However, if the employee says, “No, I don’t want to give you the extra hours you asked for,” the employer is left to assume either a lack of sacrifice or a lack of commitment on the part of the employee to the job and the company.

The Lord wants and expects His people (Christians) to be fully committed to Him and his service. However, we need to understand that our commitment (or lack of commitment) is evidenced and expressed by our willingness to sacrifice our time, energies, and our financial resources. If any of these things are absent, the Lord will correctly judge that we are not committed to him.

“But,” someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Paul expressed in 2 Corinthians 8:5, “And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.” What does the church need? First and foremost, the church needs a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. How committed are YOU to HIM?

Randy Reynolds

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