Total Commitment
Written by Jay Yeager
Thursday, 12 February 2009 03:05



Years ago there was a false movement that used the words “Total commitment”, so much so, that if you used those words together everyone assumed you were a part of that movement. Beloved, I have never been a part of the cross roads movement, but I do use the words “total commitment”. The lesson this morning will raise and answer the question; can one be a faithful Christian and not be totally committed?


“Just wait a minute” says one, “those two words, total commitment, will scare people off”. Friends, is that correct? Will those who are considering Christianity be frightened away if they hear the words total commitment? Should we speak more about the benefits of Christianity and less about the cost of discipleship? Well, let’s take a parallel thought and apply that same line of reasoning.


A man and a woman considering marriage are sitting together, when the woman turns suddenly to her future husband and says, “Honey, I love you, and I want all the wonderful benefits of marriage, but I really do not like the idea of being totally committed, it scares me”. Now, do you suppose for a moment that the husband to be… would answer, “That’s alright dear, just be as committed as you want to be, I will give my all to the marriage, and will be happy with whatever level of commitment you are comfortable with!”


Would you ever say that??? I cannot image that anyone of us would ever be satisfied with a mate that was not totally committed to the marriage. What makes anyone think that Christ would accept that which none of us would tolerate? Christians are married to Christ (Romans 7:4); we have been espoused to one husband (II Corinthians 11:2). Are you total committed to Christ our Lord, and to our heavenly Father?


Total commitment to Christ is expected:


Then said Jesus unto His disciple, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).


Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and follow after me, is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:34-38).


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).


If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4).


Total commitment to the Father is expected


I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).


“…Ye are not your own. For ye have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19-20).


Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).


A son honoureth his father and a servant his master: if then I be a Father, where is my honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? ...” (Malachi 1:6).


Now what have we done? We have looked at the question of total commitment, and through the scriptures have established that total commitment is required to be a faithful servant. The serious question for you and I is this, are we totally committed to Christ our Lord, and to the heavenly Father? The following questions will help provide a candid answer:


  1. Being disciples (learners) of our Lord’s teaching, do I regularly attend Bible study (Acts 20:28)? Yes ___ no ____

  2. Can people see Christ in me (Colossians 1:27)? Yes______ No _____

  3. Do I worship the Father at every opportunity (Psalms 122:1)? Yes_____ No _____

  4. Do I talk about Christ (the husband) to others (Mark 8:38)? Yes ____ No ____

  5. Am I seeking the kingdom first (Matthew 6:33)? Yes ____ No _____

  6. Do I put Christ above my family (Matthew 10:34-38)? Yes ___ No ___

  7. Do I thank God for every blessing (Ecclesiastes 3:13). Yes _____ No _____

  8. Am I living a good moral life (Romans 12:1-2)? Yes _____ No ______


Christianity is a way of life that is rich and rewarding – it is also carries the responsibility to put God above self, and be grateful for the privilege to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Are you totally committed?