Monday, June 10, 2013

Week 3, Day 1 Devotional

Just Go: Acts Chapter 5-6 (June 10-June 16)
Day One:
            This week we will be covering Acts chapters 5-6.  There is literally so much gold contained within these chapters that I initially had a tough time deciding what I wanted to write about.  The Holy Spirit came to the rescue and prompted me to dig deeper into the story of Ananias and Sapphira contained in verses 1-11 of chapter 5.  It’s a sad story but its message is something that must be dealt with if we are to fully understand what God asks of us in our walk with Christ.
            To start, I will give everyone a short synopsis of the story.  Ananias and Sapphira were a married couple in the early church.  They decided to sell a piece of property and promised to give the entire proceeds to the church.  Deceitfully, they violated this promise and only gave part of the proceeds to the church.  As a result, God in his miraculous power struck the couple dead for their sin. 
            Now, this may seem harsh, however, this unfortunate story shows us how seriously God views commitment and the fulfillment of promises.  Hopefully, this isn’t a surprise as much as it is a fresh reminder of this idea.  After all, we know that God fulfills all of His promises.  Simply put, when we say we are going to do something we should actually do it.  And, when we do those things we should give full effort — body, mind, and spirit — with the glory of Christ being the central motivating factor.  God doesn’t just want part of us. He wants all of us!
            Unfortunately, here in America we live in a culture where commitment doesn’t mean very much.  When we get bored with our marriage after a couple of years or find ourselves in financial difficulty we just get a divorce.  College athletes forgo the commitment they made to their universities to graduate with a degree when the pros promise them millions to leave early.  We church hop when somebody says something unkind to us or when we don’t quite connect with the worship music or something is not being offered that the church up the street is offering.  The list goes on and on.  Just so I don’t lose credibility here, commitment is something I struggle with as well.  God is speaking to me and correcting me right along with you.  We are all in this together.
            Ultimately, I believe that there are two ways to solve this commitment problem.  The first and primary way is to keep Jesus at the center of everything we do.  We must keep in mind that we do all things for His glory and He is the one we hurt when we break our commitments.  Secondly, I believe that we must evaluate carefully the commitments we undertake.  It’s actually kind of funny how people today are involved in so many things that many times they can’t truly commit to any single activity.  People are left burnt out and everything begins to suffer.  Maybe it is because most of the time they had nothing to give in the first place.  It is far better to do one thing and do it with all that you have than to do many things and do nothing well.  Thank you and go with God and be at peace.
- Kyle Bogner

To Memorize:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving

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