Day 40 – January 11 – Friday

IMAGINE: A Loving God (Love Requires A Response)

Loving God Means Making a Commitment

Luke 14:28-33

Back in February of last year, the leaders or our church were struggling with some major decisions about the future of Southport Heights Christian Church and our ministries. After a considerable time of prayer, fasting, and conversation…we, the elders met together to discuss further which direction we should go.

Some of you will remember this quote that I actually passed out to the congregation during one of my messages a couple of years ago…I shared this quote with the elders during our discussion…

“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back, but the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also and a whole steam of events erupt. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons, and material assistance, which I could never have dreamed would come my way, begin to flow toward me the moment I make a commitment.”

Almost immediately there was a sense of what needed to be done after I read those words. Decisions were made quickly and with peace, but commitment was the key.

The greatest days of your life are the days when you sense your commitment to its highest degree. Your greatest days are not your days of leisure. Your greatest days are not even times when you have your closest friends around you. When something has seized you and cause to have a high level of commitment to it, those are your greatest days. They may be your days of struggle. They may be your days fo suffering. They may be the days of your greatest battles in life. but they will be your greatest days!!

John Wesley, famous Methodist preacher, once wrote a letter of encouragement to a friend named George, who was leaving England to evangelize the new frontier. He wrote:

“Dear George,

The time has come for you to embark for America. I let you loose, George, on that great continent of America. Publish your message in the open face of the sun and do all the good that you can.”

I love Wesley’s phrase, “I let you loose”. Commitment will free us and let us loose to do great things for God.

As we close our 40 Days together…Pray that Southport Heights Christian Church will be committed to Loving God, Loving People, Making Disciples so that we will lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

To God be all glory, honor, and praise.

I IMAGINE my response to God today will be…

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