Reward for Commitment to God Bishop James Saah

23 August 2011, public by AWC Media

Commitment and faithfulness touch God’s heart. Being committed and faithful endears us to God and others. Our demonstration of commitment and faithfulness also gives us bargaining power with God when we encounter crises and need him to come through for us (Daniel 6:16 and Luke 1:74). In fact, our deliverance comes through our faithful service to the Lord.

There are different stages of commitment and consecration. Repentance – We all begin our Christian journey with the decision to change our minds about our need for Jesus to forgive and cleanse us of our sins. Regeneration – This entails a change of heart; we become born again and willing to follow God. Conversion – We undergo changes in our lifestyle. Adoption – We depart from all affiliations with the kingdom of darkness and fully embrace being a member of God’s family (Rom. 8:14). Sanctification – This entails deliberate changes in behavior; we work on developing a lifestyle that pleases God. Justification – Through the blood of Jesus, we have passed from death unto life and our status (eternal citizenship, spiritual inheritance, rights and privileges) are completely removed from the kingdom of Satan/darkness and fully established in the kingdom of God/light. Glorification is the ultimate reward for our commitment and faithfulness to God; we spend eternity in heaven in the presence of God.

After wandering in the desert for forty years, the Children of Israel were able to move forward and enter the Promised Land after they changed their mindset (attitudes), stopped all forms of rebellion and submitted themselves to God and the leadership He installed.

1) Cooperation - Whatever you have commanded, WE WILL DO.
2) Availability - Where ever you send us, WE WILL GO.
3) Commitment - As we fully obeyed Moses, WE WILL OBEY YOU.
4) Loyalty - Whoever rebels against you, we will put to death [we will put to death their influence over us or… we will put to death our personal tendencies to give audience to and become persuaded by rebellious members of the congregation].

Take note… This was not blind leadership; this was God’s choice and placement of leadership to guide the Children of Israel. The Children of Israel had to get on board with God’s program and forsake their own!

Another important principle to understand about commitment and faithfulness is that God will not use us for big tasks and responsibilities until we have proven committed and faithful in smaller assignments. Othniel had to conquer Kiriath Sepher before God allowed him to conquer the whole of Mesopotamia. It is not realistic to expect God to promote/elevate us when we get offended and quit or leave over disagreements/ offenses we may sustain in the line of service. Problems come with the territory.

There are no such things as irreconcilable differences from God’s viewpoint. God created the differences and expects us to consider the differences in reaching the best possible decisions and strategies for victorious outcomes. When we disagree, it is important to respect the leadership God has placed over the church and allow that leadership to bear the weight of accountability before the Living God. In marriage, a husband and wife may disagree; nonetheless, God has appointed the husband to bear the weight of accountability for the outcomes of his decisions concerning his household. The wife’s differing views, suggestions, concerns, strategies, and judgments were designed to support (not nag) the husband in making the wisest decisions concerning his household. Irreconcilable differences come when there is rebellion – refusal to submit to God’s establishment of the husband as the hierarchical figure of accountability. In God’s eyes, what Americans call “irreconcilable differences” is not scriptural grounds for divorce nor for leaving the church. A husband/pastor submitted to God makes wise decisions (with a few human mistakes here and there that keep everyone dependent upon God and on their knees in prayer). A husband/pastor who is not submitted to God causes his household/congregation to suffer unnecessarily.

In Luke 7:1-10, the dear servant of a centurion (military commander) was sick and dying. The centurion valued this servant so highly that he sent some Jewish elders to plead with Jesus to come to the home and heal him. [Have you every stopped to wonder why this servant was so dear and highly valued? Commitment and faithfulness are what make us highly valued to God and man.] The Jewish elders’ plea included the acknowledgment that the centurion had faithfully loved and served his country and had even built the House of God (synagogue) they worshiped in. Bishop Saah challenged us to reflect on the things we have done to build/expand the house/kingdom of God to determine whether we had personally contributed anything that would move/persuade the heart/compassion/mercy of God to favor us in times of crisis. This centurion had made some kingdom-building investments that one day paid off in ways that his wealth, influence and status could not help him. You and I need to purposefully invest and serve in the house/kingdom of God and position ourselves for remembrances from God.

In the volumes of the books written about you, would God proudly describe you as his committed and faithful servant? What needs to change in order for God to upgrade his description of you? Selah (meditate on these things).

Jennifer T. Randolph

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