COMMITMENT: TRANSFORMING A PROMISE INTO REALITY.
God has personally called each believer to follow His call in a lifetime of faithful service. "Calling is the truth that God calls us to Himself so decisively that everything we are, everything that we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, determination and direction lived out as a response to His summons and service."
John 15:16 states; "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you."
Believers are chosen and appointed for three very specific purposes.
a. To go forth as ambassadors for Christ, proclaiming the glorious message of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Believers are not called to be an exclusive club of retirees who have it made and who can go about doing what they want, knowing they are eternally secure. Believers are the ambassadors of Christ in the world. Once they have been saved, their duty—their sole reason for being appointed and left in this world—is to deliver the message of their King.
b. To bear fruit: What does it mean to say a Christian is to bear fruit? It means to bear converts (Romans 1:13), to bear righteousness (Romans 6:21-23), to bear Christian character or the fruit of the Spirit.
c. To receive the things of God: John 15:7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."
[Breaking Down Barriers While Re-Building The Heart]
If We Push Vision, God Will Make Provision
One of the most honorable endeavors in all the world is that of work, the privilege of using our God given abilities, talents, and resources for a worthwhile cause or project. In fact, our very nature craves meaning, significance, and purpose in life. Thus if we are not actively involved in a meaningful task, project, or employment, we sense a lack of purpose and fulfillment. If we sit around doing nothing, working halfheartedly, or engaging in meaningless or selfish activity most of the time, there is always a sense of emptiness and purposelessness.
On the other hand, if we work hard at our jobs and are diligent in all the tasks we undertake, we are filled with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. This is our very nature, the way God has made us. Therefore, to experience purpose and fulfillment in life, we must strive to work hard and be diligent in everything that we do, seeking to fill our lives with meaningful activities and tasks.