“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Guarding What Is Entrusted to Him

(Please read 1 Timothy 1:8-12)

April 7

Paul was so thoroughly convinced of the power of Jesus Christ that he had entrusted (or committed) something to Him, something so valuable that Paul felt it must be guarded. And indeed it was something of value, for Paul had entrusted himself — his life, his work, his hope of heaven — to his Lord.

We can do no less. Christ wants his disciples to be a committed people, for in the Great Invitation, he implored us, “Take my yoke upon you” (Matthew 11:29, NASB). Baptism is an act of commitment – like a pledge of allegiance to Christ – that should be only the beginning of a lifelong practice of entrusting oneself to God. So we are exhorted to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (! Corinthians 15:58) and “ready for every good deed” (Titus 3:1).

A congregation prospers in proportion to the commitment of its members. If all were as dedicated as the Macedonians, who “first gave themselves to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5), many good things would happen. For example, there would be willing volunteers for every task, visitors would be impressed and encouraged at every service and the financial needs of the church would be met.

Do you wonder about your own commitment? Then try this simple test: If every member of this church was just like me, what kind of church would this church be?



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