We continue our weekend series "Play Like a Champion" with this important reminder: "commitment counts." Nothing great is ever accomplished without commitment. Great marriages aren't built without commitment. Great musicians don't drift into mastery of their art. Great athletes don't excel without disciplined training routines.
Great churches are comprised of ordinary people methodically ordering their lives and commitments around their passionate love for Jesus. The Church is normal people with outrageous devotion to their Savior and Lord. Almighty God is the object of our affections.
Why? Because God's commitment precedes our own. God loved us while we were still sinners. Christ died for us while we were in rebellion against God. As the great High Priest, Jesus is committed to His Father and committed to us. He stands as our one mediator, bridging the gap between us, as the way to real life. Sure, we love the Lord, but God loved us first.
John spoke of God's commitment to us, and our commitment to God, this way: "This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life."
This weekend I'm praying we'll think carefully about the commitments we make and the long-term consequences our commitments are sure to deliver.
Pay attention, come close now,
listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.
I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you,
the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.