The Bible calls us to be committed to Christ.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)
The Bible calls us to be submitted to Christ.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
The Bible calls us to be sanctified in Christ.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
What Being Committed To Christ Means
Being committed to Christ is in opposition to the flesh, and being tempted to stray is an inbred desire that stems from our flesh, in which there is no good.
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)
Being committed to Christ takes a lot of work and perseverance.
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16 (NIV)
Being submitted to Christ sounds like it should be easy, right? Do you defer to His authority, willingly doing what He desires? While it is easier to be submitted to Christ than our spouse, boss, or the authorities (think traffic ticket) the flesh is again in the way. Sometimes the Spirit will ask us to do or say something that is completely outside of our comfort zone – to lay hands on a homeless man and pray, rebuke a Christian brother or sister, or witness to the cashier in the grocery store.
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. John 14:23 (NLT)
It may be tempting to say this verse only deals with the commandments or some other law, but let’s read the rest.
Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:24-26 (NIV)
Since we know the Bible is for us and not just an ancient history book and we know that God does not change, we may be wise to obey the words in front of us. We learn God’s will by reading the Bible. If you do not read your Bible, you cannot know God’s will for all of His children, and this is imperative for growth in the Lord.
Being Sanctified In Christ
Being sanctified in Christ is not easy, nor is it fun, because your flesh man has to die.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13 (NIV)
Being sanctified in Christ is our calling, duty, and reasonable service.
The word “sanctified” means set apart. God has set us apart for salvation and to complete acts of service for His glory.
Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:3 (NIV)
Take heart. The Lord has given us all we need to be able to be committed to Him, submitted to Him and sanctified in Him.
Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)