Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” ESV
For one of our online Bible video classes last week I spoke about the need for commitment to the Lord. In the passage above Jesus is pointing out that our commitment level to Him must be higher than any other. He must be number #1 in our lives. As a follow up to that class I conducted a self-examination of my own commitment level, using a set of questions I shared via a church bulletin about six years ago.
Here are the seven questions:
- Do I attend as many of the church’s worship services and classes as humanly possible? (For our current situation, I might add to this question, via in-person or online during this pandemic.)
- Am I actively involved in the various ministries offered by the local church?
- Do I often pray each day and are my prayers from my heart and not just recited words?
- Am I actively engaged in daily Bible study that is helping me grow as a Christian?
- Do I have a list of friends and family members who are not faithful Christians, and do I pray over them often? Am I trying to win those souls for Christ?
- Can people who encounter me see the difference Jesus makes in my life?
- Do I make a sincere effort each day to bring glory to God? Do I daily bring worship to the throne of the Creator?
Being honest, how do you score on these seven questions? How is your commitment level? On that day will the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”