Total Commitment!

(Andrew Smellie’s farewell message to the CNYCOC brothers @ midweek!)
Preached by Andrew Smellie, June 4, 2008

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Watch where God can take you, when you totally commit yourself to Him!

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Colossians 3:1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Andrew spurred us on last night in an impassioned plea to surrender our entire lives to the lordship of Christ. He pointed out that one could be totally committed in time and resources, but un-committed in your heart. Total commitment in God’s eyes means surrendering yourself on a heart level, trusting God’s love for you on the cross. And this all happens amidst suffering–without suffering you will find yourself with a cross-less, powerless Christianity.

How inspiring to know that God’s motivation will never run out and can fuel our hearts to continue to crucify anything in our lives, minds and hearts that belong to our earthly nature.

We are proud of your example, Andrew, for completing 5 years of training for your black-belt in Mixed Martial Arts! Your “living analogy” will be etched into our minds of how a student submits himself to the point of complete physical and emotional exhaustion–in this final test, fully entrusting himself to hours of muscle-numbing exercise. And then, when he has absolutely “no legs left” . . . to spar with 5 fresh teammates, who far from being ones adversaries, are actually trying to bring you to the edge of body and spirit to see what your heart will truly be–will you quit or will you have the heart worthy of this honor? Will you invite spiritual friends into your life to DISCIPLE and CHALLENGE your heart or will you view these people God is sending into your life as enemies?

How much more is our Lord and Savior Jesus willing to put us to the test–we’ve been given all that we need for life and godliness–now it’s just a question of the heart. Will we prove faithful through the toughest of times and realize our God-given destiny?! And perhaps then is when we’ll get our own special honor from Jesus himself on that last day, having earned the belt of grace and truth!