My Commitment as a Christian
by Matt Hubbard
Being a dad is awesome! Our son, Jackson, is truly a gift from the Lord. Cassie and I have been incredibly blessed by God in so many ways over the years, but none have compared to the blessing of being entrusted with this child (Psalm 127:3-5). This child whom God desires to walk with rightly and always. This child whom He created to multiply His image. This child whom He intends to use to spread His love, grace, and fame to all people…down school hallways, city streets, or jungle paths…has been loaned to us for a season of time. We have been given the responsibility as mom and dad to model to him how to walk with Jesus (Titus 2:7, Proverbs 22:6); to teach him the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:6-9); to encourage him to pursue God’s ways above our own (Isaiah 55:8-9); to love others as Christ has loved us (John 13:34); and to discipline in love (Proverbs 3:11-12)…to list a few. We strive, both successfully and unsuccessfully, to do these things because we know a day is coming when we are to release him back into the Lord’s hands similar to what Hannah does with Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Cassie and I know that Jackson is not only FROM God, but FOR God!
In a similar fashion, God entrusts our church, student ministry, kids ministry, and preschool ministry to come alongside parents in fulfilling this task with their kids who are also on loan to them from the Father who is above. Their kids who are FROM God and FOR God! One of these “release points” in the life of our church is after high school graduation. For the past few years as part of our senior recognition, we have given a gift to our graduates that is something that I have had in my Bible since my high school days. I have also read this during the service. This is not a creed of any sorts, but a declaration that I pray these graduates can echo through their own lives in this next chapter of their lives based on what we as parents and church leaders have invested into them.
This writing written by an African Pastor and tacked on the door of his home before he was martyred for his faith is not just for our children. We too…you and I…are FROM God and FOR God. This is how we are to be known. Does this illustrate the commitment that you’ve made to Christ?
My Commitment as a Christian
I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder in the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing me – my banner will be clear.