The commitments listed below may involve some sacrifice—especial not eating a meal! Come on, who thought of that one?! Oh wait … I put that in there and it’s in the Bible.
But these commitments push us to seek God’s will in our lives and in the life of our church. I don’t know about you—yet based on 1 Corinthians 13 where it says, “hopes all things” I’ll assume you do too—I really want God’s will for our church. So why would I not pray or fast or act godly in pursuit of God’s will? I have a few ideas based on my own sinful heart. Maybe you can sympathize with me, or you could judge me if you like, but I’ll share them just the same:
I know that I can be lazy—Please Lord, help me fight my slothfulness!
I also know that I can be immobilized by a lack of faith—Please Lord, help me fight my doubt!
And I know that I can be forgetful—Please Lord, help me fight my apathy!
You could add a rebellious heart that just does not want to strive for godliness to the list (along with any other sinfulness you could think of adding).
Listen, I know these commitments will be work and that I will have to fight my desire to sin the whole time, but the results are worth the work and the fight. And I may not hold to them perfectly, but I will work hard to keep them and fight hard to not break my commitments. I cannot do this on my own, but only in the power and strength of Christ.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Unity takes work and being a part of the body takes work. These commitments declare that we are willing to work and the results are worth the work.
Will you join me?
Commitments from Prayer and Planning Proposal, page 12-13.
- At the end of our Church Matters class each member will be asked to commit themselves to pray each day over the next two months for God’s guidance of our church.
- Each member will be asked to commit themselves to fasting one meal a week during these two months in order to demonstrate a dependence on God for guidance.
- Each member will be asked to commit themselves to be patient, charitable, and honest as we work through the planning process. We will fight against frustrated anger if the process is slower than we desire. We will fight against gossip and destructive assumptions, both verbalized and non-verbalized if the process is not exactly as we desire. We will fight against manipulation and also deliberate clamming up if the process is less than we desire.
- Each member will be asked to commit themselves to active and appropriate involvement in the planning process. Members who have been appointed leaders have both the calling and the role to lead in the church—their appropriate action is humble, responsible, and loving leadership. Members who have not been appointed to leadership still have an active role in the church—their appropriate action is joyful, intelligent, and loving submission. All members should seek out ways to be involved, and should take seriously any opportunity for involvement delegated by your leaders.