Comparing Commitments

Pursuing a career, striving to be a great ball player, determining to be an outstanding actor, having a successful marriage, earning much wealth are all things that require a high level of commitment. Men and women give their lives to these kinds of  things. If we are born again, how does our commitment to Christ, to discipleship, compare? How much time, effort and money do we give to other things compared to what we give to cultivating a deep relationship with the Lord? In fact, if Christianity were to cease to exist as of 8:00 A. M. tomorrow, how much difference would that make in our lives? If we failed, after great effort, in a major goal for our lives, would that bother us more or less than somehow failing our Savior? In short, how much does Jesus and our relationship with Him really matter to us? Have we mistaken priorities? Jesus, in Luke 10:27, gives us what should be our number one priority, “And He answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” Is this what prompted Henry F. Lyte, in his hymn, “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken” to write, “Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow thee; destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shalt be: perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought, and hoped, and known; yet how rich is my condition, God and heav’n are still my own!“? Selah! Have these thoughts challenged you, as they’ve challenged me? Will we respond to the challenge and make any needed adjustment to our priorities?     Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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