2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
One of the things we see in the early church was their full devotion – they were fully committed to the things of God – His Word, fellowship, and prayer. People can say they are committed to God, but that must be demonstrated in their actions, not just through heart intentions.
The early church as seen in Acts 2:42-47 is an example of what a fully committed Christian looks like. In fact, when we break this passage down, we see they are fully committed to five great purposes of God:
1. They devoted themselves (vs 42)…this is God’s purpose of Worship.
2. They devoted themselves to teaching (vs 42)…this is God’s purpose of Discipleship.
3. They devoted themselves to fellowship (vs 42)…this is God’s purpose of Fellowship.
4. They gave to anyone who had need (vs 45)…this is God’s purpose of Ministry.
5. God added to their numbers daily (vs 47)…this is God’s purpose of Evangelism.
All throughout Scripture, you will find these five purposes and when you are fully committed to following Jesus through your local church, these five purposes are what you are committing to in practice.
It’s loving God with a whole heart – which means making a commitment to value Him above anything and everything else in this world. Worship towards God removes idols from your heart.
Discipleship is not just receiving Jesus but committing to becoming a follower of Jesus. The way we follow Jesus is by receiving and practicing His Word. That means we put ourselves in a place where we are regularly receiving and accepting God’s Word.
Fellowship and Ministry are demonstrated through actually being in church. God wants you to not only gather in fellowship but to serve one another through ministry. Fellowship is making a commitment to your church just as you make a commitment to work, school or university.
Evangelism is what the church exists for, it is our mission. It’s reaching out to those who do not yet know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and being committed to their salvation.
These five purposes are five great commitments that God wants you to make. Jesus shares the same five purposes through what we call the Great Commandment and the Great Commission (Matthew 22:37-38; Matthew 28:19-20).
The way we become a great Christian, is by making a great commitment to both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus.