Connected But Not Committed

Today's Sheep That Follow Christ


If you are connected but not committed then you need revival.  We need a spiritual awakening that will affect the sinner and the people in the church. Every generation needs movements of God. You have to decide just how close you're going to be with Jesus.


I think commitment has always been a problem with God's people.  Even the Israelites had a problem with commitment.  Our culture permits a lack of commitment even in marriage.  That's why we see a lack of commitment and that's why people don't get involved with the local church.  Our society promotes this lack of commitment and it has spilled over into the church, but this is not biblical.


Look at Luke 9:57-61, Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."  Then He said to another, "Follow Me."  But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."  Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.  And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."


Jesus wants us to follow Him!  When Simon Peter was in the garden with Jesus he was ready to cut a man's head off.  When you're close to Jesus you won't compromise.  Peter began to follow Jesus from a far off. It's possible to follow the Lord but not be committed to Him.  If you ever start following him from a far off, it's just a matter of time before you'll be fighting for victory in your life again.  If you're going to keep the victory there are certain things you'll have to get victory over.


1.  The Impulsive Disciple


They get excited about the fishes and loaves and the miracles.  They have seen miracles with people who have been bound and then freed.  But Jesus said, the fox have holes and the birds have a nest but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. Jesus says, don't let your enthusiasm make you think there will be no cost to following me because of the enthusiasm and being high on miracles.


The impulsive disciples fall away, most of your walk will be facing your issues and calling upon God.  Jesus showed the way to salvation in John 10:9, "I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture."


Throughout our lives we will go through many doors, but finding the doors to life is key.  There will be open doors and there will be closed doors in the journey.  You can enter into the church door or the bar doors. Jesus wants us to not count the cost when following Him. There are some tough things to go through to win the prize of following Him, but there is ultimately victory in following Him. We'll have to be anchored to the bedrock of His Word.


The impulsive disciple forgot to count the cost of following Christ and you will face some tough issues following Christ.


2. The Reluctant Disciple


This disciple has some reservations. He delays following Christ. Luke 9:59.  He doesn't want to completely break from the past.  This type of disciple wants to hold on to their little habits and sins. They want to hold on to their secret sin and things that are damaging to them and damaging to the cause of Christ.


They want the blessing but they want Him on their terms. That's the devil still holding you because he don't want you to be completely committed.  This is what Jesus is dealing with with these people.  They want to stay connected to the church but they won't sell out and completely commit to the church.


Our society has a Jesus to fit everybody's individual needs. We have a white, red, and black Jesus.  We have a Jesus for homosexuals.  But Jesus is a Holy Jesus. He didn't come to save people in their sin but from their sin.  The devil does not bless anything that comes to steal, kill and destroy.  


Jesus wants you to take up His cross and follow Him.  He wants total commitment.  Jesus is telling the people, you don't want to take care of your past failures, your past sins and pick up your cross and follow Me.  We hear Jesus but the reluctant disciple won't listen because he won't fully surrender.  Jesus said, Give me first place and I'll add everything that you need.


3.  The Bargaining Disciple


The bargaining disciple says, if you'll just let me do this or you'll do that, I'll do this for you.  I bargained with Jesus and it took 20 more years to get right with the Lord too. Never compromise the Lord's word on what it takes to follow Him.  You don't just need to be committed to the church but committed to the Lord as well.  This type of disciple wants to delay and compromise.  He's not ready to obey the Lord.


The disciples left everything in their life and dropped everything they were doing and followed Jesus.  Did they understand what it would cost them?  Of course not.  But they knew they had a revelation about Jesus.  That He was the living Son of God.  The person that is committed is willing to leave it all. Some people won't leave their sin. How can God use you in sin?


What if He asked you to leave your job?  You see, there's going to be a cost when Jesus changes your life and you become fully committed to Him.  But whatever you give up, God's plan will be a much better plan.  He says, I know the plans I have for you and I know your thoughts, and I want to give you goodness to an expected end.


It's a dangerous thing to backslide.  You cannot serve two masters, or walk on two roads at the same time. You have to make a choice, and make a commitment in life.  There is a broad road to the world, and it's easy to find the bars and honky tonks and sin. The narrow road is a lot different, you'll not be popular on that road.


That's the dangerous part of not being committed.  The broad road leads on to other sin.  The narrow road is where you take up your cross.  The road you take will determine your destination.  Christ put in a huge bid for your soul.  Will you go to hell because you couldn't make up your mind?  The road less traveled is the one toward Jesus. Did you take the road less traveled or did you follow Christ?


4 The Decisive Disciple


Jesus is coming for a passionate Bride.  There are some in the church who won't make it.  Jesus is saying He don't just want to be your savior but your all.  Certainly He wants to save the lost but He wants to be Your Lord. 


Look at Matthew 24:44, "Therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."  Is Christ the center of your world?  Is He your song?  The percentage of Christians backslide and have to come back for lack of commitment.  The outer perimeter with Christ is dangerous. When you find yourself on the outer perimeter, the devil will get all of you eventually.


The devil can't defeat you if you'll stay close to Jesus.  With Jesus you'll walk through your storms.  The devil is a strategist.  If he can cut you off from your closeness to Jesus he will get you. Stay committed to Christ and His church.  We're in a dangerous hour, where Jesus said many will leave and give time to strange doctrine in this last hour.


Jesus said draw nigh to me and I'll draw nigh to you.  Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. What would it take for you to deny or betray him?  Let us all examine ourselves.  Let us make our elections sure.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I was just thinking of the parable of the ten virgins today. How 5 of them were, as you say, committed and had their lamps filled fresh with oil while the other 5 did not.

I lived a good portion of my Christian life in the fantasy that I could live in both worlds. God abruptly brought this false perception to light and I was deeply convicted for about a year and a half.

I am eternally grateful for His discipline because I don't want to be on of the 5 whose lamp has no oil.

Loyalty faithfulness and commitment to Him were the themes of that season of correction.

You are correct that counting the cost is essential. Cultural Christianity teaches "easy beleivism". Just say a prayer and your ticket gets punched for heaven. Then your in like Flynn and you can live an old way you want to...spiritually dangerous philosophy.

When studying the biblical Word "mercy" I discovered that this covenant word expresses the idea of reciprocation. He wants us to love Him and be committed to Him back. "We love because He first loved us"

He is worthy of that kind of commitment and loyalty.

Enjoyed your teaching with the different types of disciples along with the excuses our flesh likes to make in not giving ourselves over to Him completely.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

DJ,

"We need a spiritual awakening that will affect the sinner and the people in the church." You know I'd pick out that line. Love it!


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djbraman 5 years ago Author

Tamarajo, the 10 virgins are an excellent comparison. Correction is painful and the closer I get to the Lord the more flaws I see. I am forever having to ask him to cleanse me of yet another flaw. The more you know His word and get discernment of just what righteousness is and sanctification means, the more correction you have to undergo, because you know Christ is coming back for a pure unblemished bride, and I used to wonder, how can this be when we all have faults and I realized that it is the perfect heart that His spirit is seeking even in this last hour. Thank you so much for the comment it surely reflected how commitment occurred with me as well. Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!


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djbraman 5 years ago Author

lifegate: Yes Pastor, I bet if your name wasn't even on that comment I would have guessed it to be you! You always zero in on what the Christ like mind would, perfecting the body and saving the lost.


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valerie miller 5 years ago

amen!


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djbraman 5 years ago Author

Blessings to you Valerie!


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

I was thinking also about the five foolish virgins. They represent some of the members in the church. Their lamps are without light because they are Christians in name only. In the end, they will be booted out.

I had recently written about the parable of The Ten Virgins. See PARABLE: THE TEN VIRGINS http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/parablethe

Peace and blessings!


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djbraman 5 years ago Author

Yes, this reminds quite a few of the five foolish virgins and I will read your article for sure!


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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

I love what you said here .. Jesus didn't come to save people IN their sins, but He came to save people FROM their sins.

This is such truth! Disciple=Discipline. A disciple has disciplined themselves to Jesus. Wonderful hub!


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djbraman 5 years ago Author

Debradoo, I thought at first you were my sister we use to call her Debradoo when she was little. I thought about her today and then I saw your name, I guess its the Holy Spirit prompting me to call her. Yes, you picked out a perfect phrase in the hub, Jesus is coming for an unblemished bride not one that never gave up their sin. He wants us to be overcomers. Blessings to you Debradoo!


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lctodd1947 5 years ago from USA

Can't think of what to say here as this is truly the state the Church is in. Very few attend Sunday night services or Wednesday night. It seems to be a time of we do what we want regardless. We are saved and that is that; things have changed and all the stuff we used to take as a pleasure to do has become a drudge.

I want to be closer to Him and yes Satan tries constantly to defeat us; holding generational curses and sins that seem so hard to break. It is time to get back to the basics...I hope we do.

Thanks for sharing.


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djbraman 5 years ago Author

Ictodd, You know the church is more organized with programs and sermons than it has ever been, but we have forgotten where real power in the church is, and that's prayer and worship. You are right we need to get back to the basics, and that one on one time with him that builds our faith and love for him and one another. Blessings!


wilkso 20 months ago

I know that I am years late, but I so enjoyed your view of the different types of disciples. I have a question though; in explaining this to someone what would an example of being "connected"?

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