Saturday, February 6, 2010

Too Legit To Commit

Do you remember the old M.C. Hammer song, "Too Legit To Quit?" If you do, you'll now be singing it all day long! You're welcome! In this post today I don't want to talk about quitting as much as I want to talk about committing. People in our culture today are "too legit, too legit to commit." People do not grow up because of their fear of failure and their inability to make and stick to their commitments. This happens outside the church and especially inside the church. Often times people will occasionally attend a church service and believe that they will magically change. They will occasionally read the Bible, occasionally help others, occasionally give to needs. It never becomes a consistent way of life because there is no commitment. Today, I want to share with you the key to growing as a person and growing spiritually.

Jesus said in Luke 14:33, "Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple." His challenge was complete & total commitment. Commitment is the key to growth. So many of us don't commit to anything. We want to keep our options open. We say things like, "once I do this or that, then I will commit." We see this in people who won't commit to: exercise, friendships, marriage, or even a church family. Often times people think that once they are absolutely positive that they can keep their commitments, only then will they make them. So what happens? They stay fat, lonely, avoid marriage and never get connected to a spiritual family, all while continuing to say that one day they will be ready. The truth is, you don't grow to your commitments, you grow through your commitments. What do I mean by that? You don't one day magically become ready for any of the important commitments that you'll make in the key arena's of life. Fear is the essential ingredient in every person's life that will not make commitments. If you want to grow as a person and spiritually, you must make a series of life-changing commitments!

For some of us the barrier to growing spiritually is not lack of commitment, but over-commitment to the wrong things. Jesus showed us this in the Parable of the Sower: “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.” (Luke 8:14) If you want to grow in your walk with God you must learn to make wise commitments. We ask people to make 4 major commitments at our church each week. These commitments are founded on wisdom because they are taught in God's Word, The Bible. They are:

1. BRING- A commitment to attend each week & bring others to the house of God.
2. BUILD- A commitment to build relationships with others and grow together in Christ.
3. SERVE- A commitment to serve one another in love.
4. GIVE- A commitment to tithe & to give to the Kingdom of God.

Each of these commitments are essential to ones spiritual growth. If you're not growing through your commitments today, you're simply not growing. I want to encourage you today to make a commitment and begin to grow in your faith! Do you need to commit to becoming a Christ-follower? Or do you need to commit to one or all of the things that I mentioned above? I want to challenge you to stop committing to things that don't matter and to commit or re-commit to things that do.

So where do you start? Start with God's Word, the Bible. The Bible teaches us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) In other words, we become mature as believer's when we understand God's Word and put it into practice. Have you made a commitment to read God's Word? If not, why not start today! You can begin reading through the New Testament in 30 days (click here) or the entire Bible this year (click here). Don't let fear hold you back from making important commitments today. I know what you're thinking. What if I begin and I'm not too legit to quit. What if I don't follow through? Well, what if you do! What if God fills you with His power and you begin get up every time you fail and you really begin to grow! Step out in faith today and grow into the person that God has always planned for you to be, like Christ! Make the commitment and become too legit to quit!