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November 15, 2017, 8:33 AM

Fully Committed

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel… I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to him until that day.” (2 Tim. 1:8-12)

Starting in verse 9 of the first chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul reminds the young leader of who he is, to Whom he belongs, and for what he was destined. Astounding assurances are communicated. Timothy, like Paul, was singled out to receive grace and a holy calling before time began, he had experienced new life in Christ, and he had been entrusted with the gospel, the good news of Christ’s life, cross, resurrection, and reigning power. The Lord had a purpose and plan for Timothy’s life and in response, Timothy needed to make a commitment like Paul’s. Note carefully that Paul says, “That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” (1:14). Timothy was to learn from the apostle’s example the true meaning of an unreserved commitment, and in turn his commitment was to keep what was committed to him.

There are two aspects to a dual commitment: what is committed to us, and what we commit to the Lord. The Greek word translated as “committed,” paratheken, literally means a deposit committed to another person’s trust for safekeeping. In Paul’s time there were no banks, so there was no more trusted duty than to keep the responsibility of another person’s valuables. An equally high trust was to allow a person to invest your money for you and then return to you the interest earned. The Greek word for “keep,” phulaxai, means to guard against robbery or loss. It also implies investment at high return. The words “committed” and “keep” are linked closely together. Paul has committed his total life unreservedly to Christ. It is as if he were saying, “There’s no doubt in my mind about Christ’s reliability. I know him personally and have learned that He is able, has all power, to multiply my effectiveness in whatever I completely turn over to His control.” Then to Timothy he says, in essence, “Multiply what the Lord has entrusted to you with unreserved willingness.”

This is how the dual commitment works. When we commit our lives and needs and concerns on a daily basis to the Lord, He entrusts them back to us to do what He wills with His constant guidance and power. Specific things that are committed for us to do and be become clear. Then we commit ourselves to obedient follow-through. In response, the Lord commits to us His faithfulness, guidance, and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are never left to struggle on our own. Dual commitment begins when we make our initial commitment, but it must be repeated daily in the challenges and opportunities committed to us by the Lord. What will you do with what has been entrusted to you?

Let us join in prayer: Father, thank you for the precious gifts that you have committed unto my care, including Your Son and Your Spirit. May I faithfully commit my whole life to you in response. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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