ALL-CHURCH FOCUS 2018 DEVOTIONAL

September 16th, Day #29

THE JOURNEY FROM COMMITTED TO COMMISSIONED

I love watching kids and their parents interact. It is such a joy to observe the unshakable trust as a daughter leaps into the arms of her dad from atop the play structure or to see fear recede from a child’s face as mom firmly holds their hand while crossing a busy street. It brings a pleasant smile to my face to see the about-to-burst glee as a son throws his arms around his parents as he settles between them on the park bench. The joy and delight come from the love commitment between parent and child. This love commitment produces a strong trust and provides an excellent environment for a child to fulfill their God-given potential.


God wants us to have this same kind of child-like love commitment to Him. He wants us to bask in the expanse of His grace, love, and mercy – and be changed by it. Children also grow up – and this is what God wants for us, too. God wants our commitment to deepen and strengthen to such a place where we sense and act upon our commissioning on our journey of faith. We are commissioned, called, and given a job to do for Christ.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10


Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20


God is giving us the privilege and honor to be part of His plans and purposes in our world. He commissions us for this service. Our part is find out what He would have us do.

Jesus has shown us the way. Let’s follow His lead today.

REVIEWING THE GAMEBOARD


This week we’re looking at how we continue to refine our game as we make the move from the Committed to the Commissioned.

Game lingo

Since we’re talking about the transition from the Committed to the Commissioned, let’s review what we mean by each of these.


Committed - These people have come to the place in their spiritual journey where they have made a commitment to follow Jesus. They have believed in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They believe in Jesus as the Christ, they believe in the God of the Bible, and they have received the Holy Spirit upon conversion (Romans 8:9). They desire to grow in knowledge and experience with Christ and to serve God in any way. Their desires and passions are being shaped to be like Jesus and they are patterning their life-purposes after God’s biblical purposes.


Commissioned - These are people who have discovered God’s unique call on their lives and are actively fulfilling it. They are discovering or have a grasp on their spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12) and are employing them in God’s unique call on their church to be a blessing to its surrounding community.