Colossians 3:2 If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
1 John 3:1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it–we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: The one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister. A simple test. For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other. We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. So don’t be surprised, friends, when the world hates you. This has been going on a long time. The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don’t go together. This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. 1 John 3:10-18
Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
“The Christian religion never could have started with the kind of loyalty people give today.” David Zwerner Another way of saying commitment is often lacking. God calls for total commitment. “Whatever He says, do it” No half measures; no putting aside disliked commands. It is very much a case of ALL or nothing. Strangely enough, those who launched the Christian Church we not previously successful not did they understand a lot about Jesus. Three years with Him did not see them mature greatly. But in the qualifying period, it was obedience that effected their baptism into the Holy Spirit, that transformed them.
Commitment is foundational to sound human relationships. We all depend on it; commitment implies dependability. When we can depend on someone else it means so much to us.
We need to develop relationships in which others can depend on us. Commitment is when a fireman attends a fire in the middle of the night when a nurse responds immediately to the buzzer when a policeman drops everything to respond to the cries of a small child. Commitment means that voucher will be honoured, that when we flick the switch the light will come on. Commitment is costly, it is personal. No one can take my place or substitute for me. Resurgence from our problems begins and continues when we commit our lives to God, yielding completely to Him.