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Dedication and Commitment

April 18, 2016

We find it difficult to make time to study our Bibles, spend some (one-on-one) time with God, or be faithful to get to church on time. We know what night and the time our favorite television shows come on. We schedule our time around television. God have already told us that He was a jealous God. We run red-lights and speed to get to work on-time to keep from getting a “late warning”. When it comes to being dedicated to a position that we accepted at church, we tend to be late because God will understand. Will God really understand that He carried us to our jobs five (5) days a week on-time but we can’t get to church one (1) day a week on-time? “If it seems evil to serve God, choose this day the god you are going to serve”. (Joshua 24:15)

We can’t say “yes to His will and yes to His way” unless we are dedicated and committed. Many times, the heart is willing but the flesh is weak. When Jesus went to the Garden to pray, His disciples could not even stay awake and watch for a few hours. Even with the Apostle Paul strength, Paul realized his strength and weakness: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me” (Philippians 4:13) Paul knew the flesh was weak. “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)

How accurate would the history been recorded if Mary and Mary Magdalene was late arriving at the tomb on that Easter morning to received the Great commission? Who would have carried the good news? Everyone in our life is not carrying good news. If Jesus announced that He was coming back for His people on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. some people would still be late. “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  While the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’  But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:1-13)

 Prayer: Precious Lord, take our hand and lead us home. We are weak, but Thou art mighty; hold us with Thy powerful hand. Forgive us of our slothfulness and our weakness. Give us the desire to do better and to be better stewards of our time and our commitment to doing Your will.

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One Comment
  1. Great observation, I really believe tardiness is a character flaw, which as with anything, there has to come a deliverance. You speak truth, regarding secular employment as well as scheduling programming, sporting or entertainment events. So we all must pray for maturity in that area.

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