By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A dedicated walk in the Lord is much needed in the hour in which we live! The apostle Paul gave an exhortation to the church in saying: Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave like men, be strong. Then he told of some who were addicted (or devoted) (1 Corinthians 16:13-15).
A Bible commentary noted that such were individuals willing give of themselves, and cheerfully engaging in ministry, not by constraint, but applying themselves with great diligence, and zeal! With so much activities available in today's culture to distract one's attention; such zeal towards the house of God may not be as it was in the earlier church! (Click to Listen) (Comment)
A dedicated walk is one's being set apart, giving of one's self to service, wholly committed, and zealous in one's loyalty. Such a standing, in the early church, is noted many times in God's Word.
Other words describing being dedicated: Consecrated, faithful, loyal, resolute, self-denying, and steadfast. There is always a sacrifice in availing oneself to the Lord's service. One may have to set aside other activities to accommodate the Lord's work.
The test of discipleship, revealed in the Scriptures, noted some excuses why some could not readily follow the Lord (Luke 9:57-61). Jesus stated: No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).
A Bible commentary noted: Fit for the kingdom means "suitable" or "usable." One who makes life's lesser matters of greater priority than God's Word is of little use to Him. Today there is a "Me Too" movement to expose supposed injustices; but how much more, injustice is it to forsake the Lord and His house?
Scripture reveals that the believer is to hold fast the profession of faith without wavering. Let us consider one another to provoke (or stir up) love and good works. Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as we see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:13-15).
A dedicated walk in the Lord will see one's feet headed to the House of God whenever the doors are open; with a zeal and expectation of what awaits one there! One reason for lack of participation is a lack of expectation. Services in many Western nations have become more of a social gathering and formality; rather than the worship of the Lord.
Scripture reveals that because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold (Matthew 24:12). A Bible commentary noted: In the midst of this abounding iniquity, there were some, whose love for Christ, His Gospel, and saints, did not waver.
However, there were others whose zeal for Christ was greatly damped; the power of godliness, and the vital heat of religion, being almost lost. And through a love of the world, and of carnal ease and pleasure, the love of many grew cold; not entirely lost, but cold.
Jesus said of the church of Ephesus: I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore, from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works (Revelation 2:4-5).
A Bible commentary noted: The solution of this condition is threefold: Remember your former devotion to Christ; repent of the present lack of love and devotion; and return to do the things that were characteristic of the devotion of the church in earlier years.
There are many who continue to reject God's Unadulterated Word; allowing themselves to be captivated by a worldly environment, rather than a dedicated walk in the Lord according to the precepts of His Word.
Scripture admonishes one to love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. For the world will one day pass away but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17). World signifies the evil desire and sin that is so much part of human existence; since the downfall of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6).
There are many today who have had a falling away from their former relationship with God (as Adam and Eve) because they have allowed the allurement of the world to capture their attention, rather than a dedicated walk in the Lord! There is no longer that inner desire to remain steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
A rich young ruler came running, and kneeled before Jesus, asking Him: What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Jesus said: You know the commandments. He said, all these have I kept from my youth.
Then Jesus said, one thing you lack: go your way, sell whatsoever you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. He was sad at that saying, and went away grieved, for he had great possessions (Mark 10:17-22).
Jesus identified the one area that revealed the man's true lack of devotion to God. This man could not turn loose of his worldly treasures for a heavenly gain. A dedicated walk in the Lord sometimes requires for one to do so, if it would hinder a total surrender to Him.
What would one embrace; or attempt to hold fast too, or be tempted by, to lose out on a previous, or newly acquired, walk in the Lord? What would hold one so spell-bound that they would walk away (as the rich young ruler) from the greatest treasure of all; walking hand in hand with a loving Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!
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