Summary: We should be commited to God, not because of fear, guilt, shame or pressure, but because of who God is. God is personal, perfect, and He will not let us go!
WHO IS GOD?
We should be commited to God, not because of fear, guilt, shame or pressure, but because of who God is.
Commitment: God is commited to Us
Illus: Parents took their troubled Johnny to see the pastor. The pastor asks “Where is God?” three times. Johnny runs home scared. When another brother asks “What’s wrong?” Johnny replied, ‘God’s missing and they’re blaming me!’
God’s NOT LOST: GOD IS COMMITED! No matter what happens, God never changes!
Introduction: Why should we be commited to God?
We have been discussing right relationships, dating, and marriage God’s way. But we got our principles before our passion. If we don’t love Jesus, we won’t do what He says. If we love Jesus, we will obey Him. Love and commitment go together.
What is God worth? "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.
“And i´d give up forever to touch you
You´re the closest to heaven that i´ll ever be.”
What are we willing to give up God for?
1. Whets wrong with God? Jer. 2:1-5
2. Jesus is not an event or formula - He is not a circus. John 6, 14:6
3. We do not fall in love, we choose to love. Jer. 3:25 (NOT EMOTION)
We can know that God is commited to us for the following reasons:
I. God is Personal Isaiah 43:1 Called by name
A. How do you feel when someone calls your name?
B. The heart of the Father. Jer. 3:19, 22
C. Buddha and Muhammad not personal: Hindus = A cow can be god.
D. What is your cow?
E. God is on our side! God calls your name!
F. Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris":“When everything’s made to be broken I just want you to know who I am.” GOD KNOWS WHO YOU ARE!
G. Do you know God in a personal way? Have you talked to Him today?
II. God will not let us go Is 43:2
A. Illus: Getting lost in the store.
B. Some of you don’t know security.
C. John 6:39 Not lose one. Leave 99 for 1. Jesus left heaven for us!
D. God will never leave us
E. Do you feel secure? You can!
III. God did the Work for us. It is finished John 19:30
A. Jesus is our goal. Not a principle. John 14:6
B. We are complete in Him.
C. Growth is natural for healthy habits. We can’t make ourselves grow.
D. We cannot do it – only by His Spirit, because of His grace.
"A Morning Prayer for Help" - note that I said "morning"! "Dear God, so far today I’ve done alright, I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, selfish or over indulgent. But in a few minutes God, I’m going to get out of bed and from then on, I’m going to need all the help I can get."
IV. GOD IS PERFECT AND HE NEVER CHANGES. Heb 13:8
A. James 1:17 No matter what happens in the world.
B. God is not asking for our perfection, but our affection, our love, our desire, our passion.
C. We can live in Christ, Live in His Perfection.
Conclusion: God is Good! His will is Good for me! God loves us! God is commited!
WHAT DOES COMMITMENT LOOK LIKE? Jesus!
Do you see Jesus? He is more than a ticket, a principle. He is real and He loves you! Do you hear God calling your name? Will you love Him?
ANSWER: We should not be commited to God because of guilt, shame, or pressure, but because of who He is. He is Personal, He is Perfect, He won’t let us go, He did the work for us. He is Committed! Not because of us, because of Him!
How are you loving Jesus right now? Why do we worship, pray…? Why do we do what we do? JESUS!
Why are we here? Jesus: That’s It That’s All! (Marvin Winans)