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Confident and Committed
When I became a Christian I worked hard on being committed. I believed all the problems of the church could be solved if people were more committed to Christ. As I grew in my faith I came to understand that I was only half right; and commitment is the SECOND half. By itself, commitment is just one more attempt at a “do-it-yourself” religion that leads us to the twin evils of pride and guilt. Pride when you think you’re doing it better than everyone else and guilt when you can’t live up to your own expectations.
When our commitment comes as a result and a response to our confidence in what God did through Jesus, then we’ve got the order right. If your confidence is in your best efforts to be committed it will be a short lived confidence. However, if your confidence is in the finished work of Christ’s death and resurrection, you can have complete assurance. Now, because of your confidence, commit yourself to live a life that pleases God.
A great day is coming when we will all be evaluated on the basis of what we have done with what we were given. Put your trust completely in Christ and then devote yourself to doing good. When this current tent in which we are living, is swallowed up in life and we become immortal inside and out, then everything you have you done by faith will be richly rewarded. We live by faith and not by sight.