Commitment Is Not Bondage

Description

If we are to be Christ-like, then we must be ready and willing to commit ourselves to live by the example He set for us.

Acts 18:18 "So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow." NKJV

Paul had taken a Nazarite vow that he would not touch a dead body; he would drink no wine, eat no grapes, eat no raisins, and allow his hair to grow before cutting it off as a sign of purification (see Numbers 6). But wait, you say, isn't Paul the one who told us that those under grace should not be under bondage? In Galatians 5:1, he wrote, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." This was not bondage for Paul because it kept the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ relatable to the Jews. It was also profitable in that it gave Paul the opportunity to model service and sacrifice as an example for other Christians.

Friends, I am going to let you in on something that may surprise you, commitment is not bondage. It is by God's grace that we have been given the opportunity to serve Him. How do we serve God? We serve Him by serving others and His church. Is commitment service or sacrifice? It is both. Every Christian should be prepared to sacrifice and to serve. What was the model set forth for us by Jesus? It was one of service and sacrifice. If we are to be "Christ-like" then we must be ready and willing to commit ourselves to live by the example He set for us. We hold ourselves to commitments every day. Commitments we make at our jobs, or with our family and friends. What about our commitment to Jesus and to His church?

Proverbs 16:3 reads, "Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed." NLT

Service or sacrifice, whichever it may be, I'm ready. That is the mindset of a true servant of God.

Life Lesson: We should be committed to God and to the church.

Dear God, 
Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy. Help me look for ways I can commit to serving others. Help me to be willing and ready when asked to serve. Lord, when my serving requires sacrifice, please help me not to grumble or complain. Help me to be glad that I can sacrifice my time and effort in serving others, and in turn recognize that I am serving You. Most importantly, thank You Lord that You both serve and sacrifice for us. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

Please register for a free account to view this content

We hope you have enjoyed the 10 discipleship resources you have read in the last 30 days.
You have exceeded your 10 piece content limit.
Create a free account today to keep fueling your spiritual journey!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple

Related
Guilty Brothers
Dave Wyrtzen
Meet the Parents
J.D. Greear
Psalm 119: Where Do You Look for Guidance?
Dennis Mock
Humility in Relationships
Pastor Rick Warren
Confident Living
Dr. Gene A. Getz
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple