Today’s Reading: Matthew 19:13-30 (additional reading: Psalm 24:1-10 & Proverbs 6:1-5)
A chicken and a pig came upon a church building and read the advertisement on the billboard out front, which read, “Help Us Feed the Poor.” Immediately the chicken suggested they help feed the poor with bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you it only requires a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment.”
Many in the church today do not want to be totally committed to the Lord because it demands too much of them. Webster’s Dictionary says “To commit oneself says one is to speak or act in such a manner as to bind oneself to a certain line of conduct.” Commitment to Jesus Christ is more than a definition: it requires my life, my soul, and my all. But too often we find ourselves lingering between being committed and uncommitted. It is this that Jesus was speaking about in our parable today.
The man said that ‘I have done all these things’ but it’s not about keeping a bunch of do’s and don’ts. Its about keeping the laws of grace and mercy and obeying the commandments to live a holy life. We get so caught up in judging others that we forget about the sin in our own lives. The Bible tells us that where our treasure is, that’s where our heart will be also. In a world that is so caught up in materialism and self-gratification, it’s no wonder that people don’t have a heart after God.
Are we part of the uncommitted always focusing on self rather than God? This man who came to Jesus was looking for a better method of getting what he wanted rather than wanting God to make him a better man. We are prone to look to God for greater ways and means to accomplish our goals … whereas God is looking for us to surrender our lives and give our soul to accomplish His goals.
God is always calling and challenging the uncommitted to commit to Him. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 says “This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”