For one’s team to have a chance in winning the World Series in the late 1990’s, the team had to go through the New York Yankees. They were a team built on team work, dedication and commitment. Many of the players were homegrown with a sense of comradery playing out the reality that to beat them you were going to have to go hard for 9 full innings. Even if the Yankees were down, there was always a sense that they could and would come back. On the home front, our two close universities, Arizona State University and University of Arizona are both having good football years (so far). Both teams have had extremely exciting comeback wins on a touchdown pass as time expired. Both endings for each team seemed like something out of a movie, and neither would have happened if it weren’t for the commitment to 60 full minutes of play.
Commitment: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity or the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something
I have been thinking of what it means to be a team with the stresses of culture coming up against the church. Our elders have been wrestling with what it means to lead our church forward into the future. I have been extremely proud to serve with them as pastor throughout this rough time of what it means to be a Christian in a culture that is changing rapidly. The Holy Spirit’s guidance and love has been very evident in our meetings. As I have been reflecting on the tough job the elders have, I started to reflect on the role of God’s people in the church. As the elders committed to a task within the life of the church, so have YOU, the people. We may have different roles, but we all are part of the body called to serve. If we get upset, we often point fingers and run, but are we all fully committed? In following this model, I have a list of commitments that you, the followers of Jesus should have in your commitment to God’s church.
*A committed member will be devoted to God and the Scriptures: Growing, learning, obeying and sharing God's word (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 3:16,17).
*A committed member will live a life of love – being kind to others, caring for others, serving others and giving to others (Romans 12:9-16).
*A committed member will be actively praying with the church and for the church (1 Timothy 2:1-8).
*A committed member will be using his or her spiritual gifts in ministry (1 Peter 4:10,11).
*A committed member will contribute financially to the local church (Galatians 6:6; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2).
*A committed member will be faithful in attending the weekly worship service (Hebrews 10:25).
*A committed member will live in a loving and honoring relationship with the elders of the church who are given by God to provide humble, servant leadership to the local church (1 Peter 5:1-5).
God is good and on the move in our beautiful church,
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