Summary: 1- Committed to His glory 2- Committed to become like Him 3- Committed to commune with Him
INTRO.- ILL.- Three professionals were sitting around a table talking about what the oldest profession was. The doctor said, "Well, the Bible says that God took a rib out of Adam to make woman. Since that clearly required surgery, then the oldest profession is medicine.”
The engineer looked at the doctor and said, "No, the Bible also says that God created the whole world out of void and chaos. To do that, God must surely have been an engineer. So engineering is the oldest profession.”
The politician smiled and leaned forward and said, "Ah, but who do you think created the Chaos?"
I wouldn’t say that politicians have created ALL the chaos in the world today but some of them may have well contributed to it. Man himself has indeed created all the chaos in the world. God sure didn’t cause it.
In the beginning God. Where do you find these words?
In the beginning God. Some people want to know where God came from? God didn’t come from anywhere! He’s always been here! He has no beginning and no end. He was, He is, and He always will be! He is from everlasting to everlasting!
In the beginning, as we know it, there was God. This is what we accept by faith.
Heb.11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Do you want to get on the good side of God? Believe Him. Believe in Him. Believe that He exists. Believe that He lives for our good and wants to bless us.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. We believe in the one, true living God who created the starry heavens and the earth below.
We believe that He created something out of nothing. Again, how could He do that? We can’t explain that. Einstein couldn’t explain it. No human being can explain it.
ILL.- George Lucas and other great movie producers have produced some pretty wild stuff like Star Wars movies. And we think what amazing imaginations man has. No not at all. Man is not that imaginative. Man is not that smart at all. Not George Lucas. Not Steven Spielberg. Not Clint Eastwood. And not the most brilliant minds of the day.
I Cor. 1:20-25 “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
I love the way this scripture says it. God has made the wisdom of this world to appear foolish! God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom. God’s foolishness. Isn’t that a funny thought? There is nothing foolish about God but if there was it would still be way ahead of anything in the world or anything that man has done.
Because of who God is, how He is, what He is, and what He did and does, we should be fully committed to Him.
PROP.- Let’s consider several different scriptures with the idea of learning how we should be fully committed to Him.
1- We should be committed to glorify God
2- We should be committed to become like God
3- We should be committed to commune with God
I. WE SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO GLORIFY OUR FATHER
Matt. 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine. Be committed in life so as to bring praise to Him.
ILL.- Do you watch any of these TV shows? Dancing with the Stars. Skating with Celebrities. American Idol. Survivor. Do you realize what all of these and more deal with? IT’S ALL ABOUT ME! The star. The singer. The dancer. The survivor. The superior one. And sometimes they think they really are.
ILL.- You may have perhaps heard about Rapper Kanye West. He recently posed for the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine as Jesus Christ, crown of thorns and all. He defended himself by saying, “"In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts. You want me to be great, but you don’t ever want me to say I’m great?"