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IN TOUCH WITH GOD   by Edward Heppenstall

Committed to God MARCH 2


None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy. Acts 20:24.

Few men have equaled the depth of Paul's personal involvement with Christ and with His saving program for lost man. Paul was a man completely devoted to Christ. He was a Christian of clear decision, consecration, and wholeheartedness, with a mind single to God's glory.

Commitment means the point of no return. We place ourselves entirely at Christ's disposal. We acknowledge His full claim as the master of our lives.

The concern of Christ is that He should rule in every heart. To be a follower of Christ means to accept the unqualified rule of God.

It is folly to assume that one can be a Christian by some passive attitude toward the claims of God's Word. Christians are to be the most actively dedicated people in the world, manifest in every aspect of life.

Christ works out His will in us only to the extent of our commitment. God will respond to man's genuine response with a reality that cannot be denied. Consecration to Him transfigures the life.

All that is high and noble is possible as we surrender to the living Christ. His power extends to our hands, to our hearts, and to our lives in order that we may practice the principles of truth, uprightness, purity, and righteousness.

Life with Christ is no make-believe. Faith in Him is no dream world. Sin, lust, disobedience, hostility, selfishness, are all dynamic realities.

The answer to all these problems is in surrender to Him in order that the power of God may live in us. There is no such thing as an easygoing Christianity. A conscious choice of Christ and of His claims cannot be imposed from without. Commitment must come from within the believer. That is the one response that God will honor with the fulfillment of all His promises.

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