Summary: God is faithful to keep anything we commit to Him.
What Have You Committed To Him?
Text: II Timothy 1:12
Intro: Million dollars? Doctor?
I. Acquainted with Jesus
a. A relationship with Jesus is the best thing a man can have
i. Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Phi 3:5-11)
b. Paul learned of Christ through suffering
i. Damascus road
ii. How many turn to God in easy times?
II. Assumes He is Willing
a. The faithfulness of Christ
i. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; (Deu 7:9)
b. To know Him is to trust Him
c. He redeemed us
i. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psa 31:5)
III. Assured of His Ability
a. Shadrach, M & A
i. They recognized that they were “not [their] own” For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and your spirit, which are God’s. (I Cor 6:21,22)
b. The omnipotence of Christ
c. What had Paul committed to Christ?
IV. Absolute Surrender
a. Signing a blank sheet of paper
i. What we keep for ourselves we mess up
b. Have you counted the cost?
i. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. (Luk 14:26-33)
c. What have you committed?
i. Work/financial life?
1. All they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (Mar 12:44)
ii. Home life?
iii. Secret life?
1. For a And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:(Mar 9:43)
d. Lantern illustration: A man was killed at a railroad crossing one summer evening in 1891. His relatives sued the railroad, claiming negligence on the part of the watchman. The prosecutor asked him several questions. “Were you on duty at the crossing at the time of the accident?” “Yes sir, I was.” “Did you have a lantern?” “Yes sir, I did” “Did you wave your lantern in warning?” “Yes sir, several times.” An officer of the railroad came to see the watchman later to thank him for helping the railroad win the case. The officer inquired, “Tell me, Mr Jarvis, were you nervous during the questioning at the trial?” The watchman replied, “Yes, I feared every moment that he would ask, ‘was the lantern lit?’”
i. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. (Mar 10:21)