RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Monday 21 January 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" Philippians 1:21
Read 2 Samuel 32: 15-17
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 8-10
Prayer point: Father, help me to be committed to You like no one else in my generation
One way of describing the attitude of the midwives in Exodus 1 to God and His children is commitment. Commitment is saying I am ¡n this thing whether I live or die, whether I am praised or rebuked, whether I am commended or not, I am in it all the way. God is looking for people with commitment for His assignments. Many people today lack this indispensable virtue. Commitment can take you to the depths. It can take you to strange places like Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace, the lions’ den, prison, boiling pot of oil, to be crucified on a cross or to face death. Those who are committed are those who understand what it means to truly serve God. If you are not committed, you can never get beyond the shallow level of service. Some people deliberately are very low in commitment because they want to avoid responsibilities. Such people fail to realise that rewards are reserved only for those who are committed.
Many believers in Christ want Jesus as their Saviour but not as their Lord. They want the blessings from serving Jesus but are not ready for the responsibilities that go with their faith. Paul showed his level of commitment by saying, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
Another person who was committed to God was Abraham. In Genesis 22:1 1 8, he was given three days to make a journey to the mountain top, with ample opportunities to change his mind, but he went all the way. 1f some of us lose one or more of our children, we will doubt If we are really loved by God. Moreover, today’s reading gives us the example of David and his men. While in the midst of battle, he declared he was thirsty for the water from the well in Bethlehem; some of his men putting their lives at great jeopardy, broke through the enemies’ siege and returned with the water for their king to drink. When they eventually delivered the water, he had to offer it to God. How committed are you to God or His servant? What level of risk can you take just to meet the needs of God’s servant? This story teaches us that commitment to your leader is commitment to your God. Are you committed to God or your pastor? How supportive are you to Kingdom projects? How ready are you to take the assignments given to you in church?