SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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COMMITMENT TO GOD
Jesus emptied Himself of His Glory and walked upon the earth and gave His precious life's blood as a
ransom for all who would receive Him.  The more deeply we enter into and understand the meaning of
"Messiah or Christ", who is considered "the Divine Man" sent by Creator God to this earth, the more
distinctly revealed it becomes to us that, what His Life was, our life is now intended to be.  We are to be
imitators of Christ Jesus, Our Savior.

This is where the great struggle in man lies.  There are carnal desires, habitual impulses and personal
ambitions that fight against and shrink from coming under the Lordship of Our King and His reign over
our lives.  This commitment is to be deeply felt and sincerely honest, and yet unmixed and entire,
without duplicity.

Romans 12:1
I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a
decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice,
holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational,
intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
It is easier, and it is really lazier, to believe in a Christ who is going to pay my debts for me, rather than iti s
to really grow up (mature) in Christ, that is into a Divine Inheritance, that will be itself the solution or
answer for my own inability to pay the debt, and acquire a wealth that has no end or better said, is
inexhaustible and for eternity.

In the natural, you could really do nothing for a poor man by paying his debts for him, unless, in addition to
balancing and settling his old accounts, that you would teach him how to be guaranteed and make a
personal commitment to not fall back into the same poor and habitual habits.

If we only emphasize and stop at the mere ransoming work of Christ at the time of our salvation or
redemption from the beginning, we are not made free by having the chains broken off, and we are not
made wealthy men and women IN Christ, by having our debts paid!  There has been NO commitment.  
There was only a mental assent that "I need Christ", but nothing that would be life changing.  It is NOT
what Christ delivers us from, but is what He translates us into that makes us truly saved men and
women IN HIM.

A wonderful example of this commitment is found in Apostle Paul's epistle, Acts 16:29-32, where Paul
and Silas were in prison.  They were praying and singing hymns, when suddenly there was an
earthquake and the prison doors flew open and all the prisoners chains fell off. We pick up the story in
verse 29 Then [the jailer] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling and terrified he fell down before
Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out [of the dungeon] and said, Men, what is it necessary for me to
do that I may be saved? 31 And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him,  
take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and
this applies both to] you and your household as well. 32 And they declared the Word of the Lord [the
doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] to him and
to all who were in his house.

Verse 31 shows us how the Apostles responded to the jailer who desired to be saved.  They all said in
unison " And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him,  take yourself
out of your own keeping and entrust (commitment) yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved,
[and this applies both to] you and your household as well". (Parenthesis are my emphasis)
And then the next scripture tells us that they taught the Word of the Lord all night long.  The jailer and
his family were all saved. 32 And they declared the Word of the Lord [the doctrine concerning the
attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] to him and to all who were in his
house.

So just like the analogy of the "poor man", in the natural you could do really nothing by paying his debts
for him, unless, in addition to balancing and settling his old accounts, that you would teach him how to be
guaranteed and make a personal commitment to not fall back into the same poor and habitual habits. But
Paul, who taught and instructed this man in verse 31, saying, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give
yourself up to Him,  take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you
will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well."  The apostles infused this man
with truth all night long and he and his family became followers of Christ Jesus.

Again, if we only emphasize and stop at the mere ransoming work of Christ at the time of our salvation,
we are not made free by having the chains broken off.  We are not made wealthy in Christ, by having our
debts paid!  There has been no commitment!

But Paul's instruction was not just for this man or that time.  He was the chief apostle who had Divine
revelation from Jesus Himself, and this teaching is for every generation from that time to copy and
imitate.

Titus 2:14-15
Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and
purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about
[living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds. 15 Tell [them all] these things. Urge (advise,
encourage, warn) and rebuke with full authority. Let no one despise or disregard or think little of you
[conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect].

Paul's whole life is based on faith in the Son of God.  He is committed to the Lord in keeping the promise
that he made upon his conversion and that is, to lay his life down and live for Christ Jesus.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ
(the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance  
on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Paul's new life is based on faith in the Son of God.  Again faith is trust in and commitment to Christ.  
Paul's statement "by faith in the Son of God", may be translated as well to say, "I trust in God's Son, or "I
have put my confidence in Him, and committed my life to Him".

To commit oneself means, to "entrust , consign, or relegate oneself".  It means to "give over, to
practice, it means continuous action, delivering or entrusting to a person.  It means, trust or believe".

Commitment is an agreement or pledge to do something in the future.  It is a state of being obligated.

Now we will look at a scripture where Jesus spoke very strongly about this subject to His followers.






Specifically focusing on
verse 25, "and there huge or great multitudes with Jesus, and He turned and
said to them...

Let me interrupt here and not, before we move on, that this means at this time, the great multitudes
began to repeatedly and continuously follow Jesus.  Perhaps for some it was because of His miracles,
or for others it was because He fed them.  And still for others, He was the One Whom (Messiah) they
had read about the scriptures and His presence was drawing them.  It was during this time, when these
great multitudes followed Him that He deliberately turned and said something, which appears to have
caused many peoples to turn away and stop following Him.  Jesus said to them....
Luke 14:26
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or
relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and
children and brothers and sisters — [yes] and even his own life also — he cannot be My disciple.
Jesus used the strongest word possible here to emphasize His point.  He said, "unless you hate your
father, your mother, your sister, your brother, your husband, your wife, your son or your daughter and
yes, even your own life, you cannot be disciple.  




He was talking about relationships here.  He spoke about the closest relations we humans would ever
have with one another.  He is saying we must be willing to make a commitment to make Him first and
only above all.  

He is telling us that we must be weaned away from all of our creature comforts, and dead to them, so as to
ungrudgingly and cheerfully part with them, rather than loose interest in Christ our Savior.

Jesus is asking for a commitment from you, a commitment in which He is preeminent.  He wants to be
number one in your life. He wants to be supreme, having the highest rank, dignity and importance in your
life and mine! And He holds us to this...either we do or we don't allow Him this place of honor in our lives.  
Jesus says we cannot be His disciple if we do not hate (love less or hold in relative disregard as in
comparison) all that is dear to us.  

This includes even our own lives. He is saying we must persevere and be constant in our commitment and
love for Him more than anything else in the world, and be willing to part with that which we may have to
leave or must leave, as a sacrifice. It is here where Jesus may be glorified in our parting.

Jesus is saying, "my relationship with you is so important that I want it to be above all earthly things"!

There is one person you love more than your mother, sister, your brother, your son, your daughter, your
wife, your husband.  Do you know who that is?  It is not God...it is you!  You love yourself more than you
love your closest  relationships.  We have all had our "me, myself, and I" throne we sat upon.  Many are
still on their throne, and the Lord is trying to dethrone them, because they love themselves more they do
God.  This love for self is shown in self-centeredness, preoccupation with self, i.e.  the mirror, what
others think about me and how I look (fashion), etc.

Jesus said there is one relationship I want to be number one in and above, and that is your selfish life.
This is true discipleship (following after Christ).  He is not talking about a no-cost discipleship here. He is
asking us to follow Him.  He is asking to be number one in our lives.  He is asking for commitment.

This means that we are to obey Christ rather than them, we are to willing to forsake them if He calls us
to go and preach His gospel.  We are to submit without complaining and grumbling, if He should take us
away from them.

Hate means "love less".  Many people after Jesus' comment to them, caused them to turn away and
they stopped following Him.  We cannot have both worlds.

Luke 9:57-62 is a scripture which speaks of absolute surrender of oneself to Christ
Luke 14:25-26
Now huge crowds were going along with [Jesus], and He turned and said to them, 26 If anyone
comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or
relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and
children and brothers and sisters — [yes] and even his own life also — he cannot be My disciple.
Jesus used the strongest word possible here to emphasize His point.  He said, "unless you hate your
father, your mother, your sister, your brother, your husband, your wife, your son or your daughter
and yes, even your own life, you cannot be disciple.  
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Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
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1.  Read Luke 9:57-62.  What does this passage teach about the level of commitment toward following
Christ? _____________________________________________________________________________

2.  
Read Luke 8:13-14.  Why do some people seem to fall away, or turn away, from the Christian faith?
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3.  
Read Ezekiel 16:8.  God uses the illustration of marriage to describe a relationship with His
people.  

Whose possession does one become in this relationship? ____________________________________

4.  
Read 1 Corinthians 6:19.  Who do you belong to? __________________________________________

5.
 Read 1 Corinthians 6:20.  Who does your body and your spirit belong to?
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6.  
Read James 4:4.  Can you commit spiritual adultery in God's eyes?  ___________________________

7.  What would constitute spiritual adultery in God's eyes?  
See Romans 1:25.
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8.  
Read John 2:23-25.  What can we learn about commitment and faith from these verses?
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9.  
Read Luke 14:28-30.  Have you counted the cost to follow Jesus?  Do you want to follow Him?____
Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
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Luke 9:57-62
And it occurred that as they were going along the road, a man said to Him, Lord, I will follow
You wherever You go. 58 And Jesus told him, Foxes have lurking holes and the birds of the
air have roosts and nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.
59 And He said to another, Become My disciple, side with My party, and accompany Me! But
he replied, Lord, permit me first to go and bury ( await the death of) my father.
60 But Jesus said to him, Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and
publish abroad throughout all regions the kingdom of God. 61 Another also said, I will follow
You, Lord, and become Your disciple and side with Your party; but let me first say good-bye
to those at my home. 62 Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks
back [to the things behind] is fit for the kingdom of God.
Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions

Luke 8:13-14
And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and
welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and
temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof). 14 And as for what fell among the thorns,
these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated
with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen
(come to maturity and perfection).

Ezekiel 16:8
Now I passed by you again and looked upon you; behold, you were maturing and at the time for
love, and I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I plighted My troth to you
and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord, and you became Mine.

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives
within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,

1 Corinthians 6:20
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So
then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

James 4:4
You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your
marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world's friend is being God's enemy? So
whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God.

Romans 1:25
Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature
rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever!

John 2:23-25
23 But when He was in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, many believed in His name
[identified themselves with His party] after seeing His signs (wonders, miracles) which He
was doing. 24 But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all
[men]; 25 And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no
evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature.
[He could read men's hearts.]

Luke 14:28-30
For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the
cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid
the foundation and is unable to complete [the building], all who see it will begin to mock and
jeer at him, 30 Saying, This man began to build and was not able ( worth enough) to finish.
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Answers to Questions
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Read Luke 9:57-62.  What does this passage teach about the level of commitment toward following
Christ?  Absolute surrender.

2.  
Read Luke 8:13-14.  Why do some people seem to fall away, or turn away, from the Christian faith?
They have never put down a root system in the Word of God.  The cares, riches, and pleasure of this
life
take them away.

3.  
Read Ezekiel 16:8.  God uses the illustration of marriage to describe a relationship with His people.  
Whose possession does one become in this relationship?  God's.

4.  
Read 1 Corinthians 6:19.  Who do you belong to?  God.

5.  
Read 1 Corinthians 6:20.  Who does your body and your spirit belong to?   God.

6.  
Read James 4:4.  Can you commit spiritual adultery in God's eyes?   Yes.

7.  What would constitute spiritual adultery in God's eyes?  
See Romans 1:25.   A heart that is turned
away from Him to idols (things that you have made more important than God).  
See Romans 1:25.


8.  Read John 2:23-25.  What can we learn about commitment and faith from these verses?
That Jesus wants all of our hearts (a total commitment).

9.  
Read Luke 14:28-30.  Have you counted the cost to follow Jesus?  Do you want to follow Him?  Yes.
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