A candidate for political office asked a constituent what he thought of the speech he had just given on the agricultural program. “Not bad,” replied the voter, “but rain would have done a lot more good!” We all know people who “talk a good game” but don’t play. They’re all talk and no action—and sometimes “they” are us! We have the best of intentions, but… To be a disciple of Christ is to be committed to action. Unless we act on our faith, our faith withers and dies. Jesus said, “Come, follow me.” Where is God calling you to put your faith into action? It may be time to stop talking about what is needed and actually do what needs to be done. I want to challenge our church family to make some new and needed commitments in 2020.
Would you make a commitment to be part of the prayer ministry of this church? At bare minimum would you be willing to give 30 minutes of time one day out of a month to spend in the Prayer Room praying for the needs of our church, one another as the family of God, and for sick, hurting, lost, or struggling individuals who need to experience God’s grace. Would you make a commitment to help with ministry involving our children? Opportunities exist during children’s church time, Sunday school and additional helpers in the nursery Do you hear God’s call on your life to volunteer a little bit of your time and influence to work with some great children?
For the disciple of Jesus Christ, commitment means turning from serving self to serving others, for Jesus said the one who would be first must be the servant of all. John Maxwell—in his book “ Be a people person”—–states—“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also, and a whole steam of events erupt. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons, and material assistance which I could never have dreamed would come my way begin to flow toward me—the moment I make a commitment.” Even a small commitment to put your faith into action is better than no commitment. Where do we need to start?