The Standard of a Commitment

Last time I wrote I wrote about passion, Well we got the passion now what? Now we need to set the standard as a christian. The following passage in 2 Corinthians talks about what life as a Christian looks like if you have passion to do what God has called you to do.

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (NLT)

7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[b] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

Can you see the commitment in that? Alot of times we get an attack and we give up cause we don’t like it, but when you really think about it why would you be attacked by the enemy if you weren’t a priority for the Good guy? As we step out and do what God has called us to, as we obtain the passion that won’t let the fire for God in our hearts burn out and when we get the heart of Christ that will make is so we will do whatever it takes to show Christ to this world, We become a priority on the enemy’s hitlist. It takes great commitment to sit thru attacks but if we truly are in God then as the above passage says we are going to persevere.

I want to look at 2 Corinthians again but in the message translation it shows some more insight.

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (MSG)

7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

I love the part were it talks about us being ordinary and unadorned clay pots that thru that it shows God all the more. The world see’s us (atleast the people around us that we have a general influence on) as an ordinary human. They see us and then wonder ok there a Christian whatever I know lots of Christians. As we live in Christ there going to see him in a new light, cause although we are human they will see God’s power in us. We need to press into God and let God do the influencing.

I love how Benny Perez puts it about how the world has people with knowledge but not people that do.

“The world is filled with people who know the right things, but it is time to buck the trend of just knowing and go to the doing stage.” ~Benny Perez

If you look at Paul in the bible he was a man who had a lot of head knowledge in religion. However, Paul makes it clear that the only thing that is worth anything is knowing Christ. Paul also had the power of God in his life.

Paul realized that God has given us the power from without to deposit within us the ability to accomplish great things. God has given us the power fond in the resurrection of Jesus–the promised Holy Spirit! God has given us power:

1. Over the enemy (1 John 4:4)
2. To witness (Acts 1:8)
3. Over sin (Romans 6:6-11)
4. To give us life (Romans 8:11)

Paul makes it clear that we are not living in the world powerless, but have been given a deposit of the Holy Spirit! Remember, God has given us the power from without and deposited it within to help us set the standard for others to follow.

To set the standard we will also see in Paul’s life that he had perseverance. If we are to set the standard for others we need to persevere no matter what. I think I covered that in a sense when I was talking about 2 Corinthians.

Paul also let go of the past.

“Brethren. I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,”(Phillipians 3:13)

In response to letting go of the past I am going to quote a passage from Benny Perez’s book pacesetters.

Notice what Paul says the on thing he does. Paul could have done many different things, but he chose to focus in on one thing– forgetting what is behind. In order to be pacesetters, we need to be people who leave the past in the past. The trent is to dig up the past and rehash it over and over. I believe that we need to look at the past, dealt with it, get healing from it, and go on. I remember one person telling me that you cannot drive a car looking in the rear view mirror. Paul is exhorting us to let go of the past both the defeats and the victories. In order to set the standard, we must let go of the past and not deny it, but get healed from it and go on. I have heard people telling me how they cannot do anything with their lives because of what has happened to them. I tell them that the past does not have to hold you back from your future. Our past hurts or failures can either be stepping stones or tombstones. Your past will be something to build on or it will bury you. The choice is left up to you and me and what will we decide. Let us not follow the trend of blaming all of our problems on what has happened. We need to hear what God says, forget the past and move on to the present , and look forward to the future.

Paul Goes on to say that he is reaching forward or straining to what is ahead. This is the picture of a runner ho is setting the pace be straining every muscly in his body as he nears the finish line. In order to set the standard, our energy must be focused forward and not focused on the failure in the past. The key is know that the best days for you and me are not behind us but ahead of us. Only in the future can we know God better and accomplish great things for Him. The trend of looking in the past will only kill the vision of what God has for us in the future. Remember, the destiny that God has for you and me is always ahead of us and never behind us. Eventually, all of us will reach heaven which is in the future for all of us. ~Benny Perez

And to be an example you have to want to be an example. But once you decide you want to be an example and you want to change the trend, your making a commitment on your life and it’s not an easy one. If you decide to change the trend you must strive after God’s heart and then do what he tells you. If you are going to break the trend there are going to be alot of uncomfortable times. To change the trend you have to be different from this world, a person who is doing what God says and not the lusts of their body. So I pray that everyone that reads this will make a commitment to set the standard.

Tell next time much love ~ Jeremy Newton


3 Responses

  1. Wow Good blog!

  2. Great job pointing out going back to the past is a waste of time and that you could have been spending that time with God. You can’t change the past and he has already forgiven us for our past mistakes so there is NO reason to dwell in the past. Like you said we need to press thru and not let the enemy try to keep taking us back and rubbing our nose in our forgiven mistakes . We need to focus on our future with God because that is all that really matters and if we stay focused on him there is a pretty good chance we won’t make the same mistakes again.,,,,,,,,,,

  3. Great blog post Jeremy! Thanks also for checking out and commenting on The Over Educated Youth Pastor Blog. You really encouraged me this morning through your review. 🙂

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