Are you committed?
Not too long ago, okay it was about 42 years ago, I was working with a program called the "I Found It" campaign at my local church. The program was developed by Campus Crusade For Christ and it focused on sharing the Gospel with as many people as possible. Our church converted the dining hall into a call center with a bank of about 20 telephone lines. Church members were asked to sign up to participate, better yet, commit to either monitor the phones when people would call or do "cold calls" to share the word. It was a big task and was to run every night for a month from 5pm-9pm.
Members of the church were asked to commit to manning the phones for as many days as possible. The pastor was insistent that we honor our commitment to the time that we agreed upon. He asked that we gather in the hall 30 minutes prior to the start of the shift to pray for a successful evening. Night after night we would show up on fire and ready to serve. Then I began to notice that we had fewer people in attendance. In fact, it became a struggle to man all the phones in the hall.
Pretty soon we were down to the faithful few who, no matter what, did the honorable thing and showed up. Our pastor was never one to shy away from anything. If we were doing something wrong he was quick to rebuke. Many of us understood that he was just doing his job trying to shepherd us the best he could. After all, he was committed to leading us to become totally devoted followers of Christ. Devoted: Jesus tells us that our commitment to Him must supersede our commitment to even our families, our jobs, our selfish desires, our hair appointments even our TV shows. He said: “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).
You say, "Hey, I'm not the pastor. This doesn't apply to me". But, it does. You see we are all called. Each one of us that call ourselves "Christian" must strive daily to put away our selfish desires and serve. Jesus wants us to hold nothing back from Him because God holds nothing back from us. (John 3:16). So, the next time you agree to that prayer meeting, that choir rehearsal, that outreach program, that Sunday school class or whatever. Honor your commitment! Jesus did!