Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Decision or Commitment

Last week my husband started a new teaching series at church asking the question,  Fan or Follower?

Yesterday we continued the teaching by looking at the story of Nicodemus, found in John chapter three.  Nicodemus was member of the Jewish ruling council.  He wanted to learn more about Jesus, so he came to talk to Him, but Nicodemus came at night.    He approached under the cover of darkness because he didn't want to jeopardize his old life-style by meeting with Jesus.

Fans are happy to follow Jesus as long as they don't have to make any real changes.

But there is no way to follow Jesus without Him impacting your life.  Following Jesus will always cost you something, if not everything.

Has following Jesus cost you anything?

I love to watch design and makeover shows on HGTV or DIY.  There are two types of these makeovers.  One kind is pretty easy and just requires a decision, like where to place the furniture or which color to paint.  The other kind requires more of a commitment.  This makeover involves a total renovation on the subject room or yard.  It's not just splashing on some paint; they take everything out, sometimes down to the studs.

That's what Jesus wants to do in our lives. 

Most of us would say that we wouldn't mind Jesus doing a little touch-up work in our lives, just not a complete makeover.  But Jesus isn't interested in just superficial work.

A decision is not enough.  Jesus is looking for a commitment. 

Many blessings,

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  1. Truth! We often want Jesus but we aren't willing to allow Him in to come in and do the work necessary to make us more like Him.

  2. Hi Lisa - I want a total renovation! Painful at times but the end results...who can complain about that? Excellent post
    God bless

  3. I choose total rennovation and God and I are working on it. Great post!

  4. Excellent series, Lisa. I love hearing of new insights into Scriptures I have read for years.
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

  5. WOW! WOW! I love this "Fans are happy to follow Jesus as long as they don't have to make any real changes." I needed that push today!

  6. Awesome.
    I'm a youth pastors wife and plan on sharing this with some of my girls today. They just got back from camp and made some life- changing decisions... this will be a great encouragement and reminder to them! Thanks!

  7. I don't want to just cover up with paint. I want a total renovation! I want God to demo what needs to be done and rebuild me how He wants!

  8. As someone who loves to redecorate, I'd take a total makeover over just a new color of paint!

    I sure hope that is true of my spiritual self, too.

  9. Amen Lisa!

    So many people claim to be Christians but so few live it out. I am working towards being a follower hard after Jesus.

    Great words today.


  10. I am in constant need of a makeover! I must go reevaluate : )

  11. Right there with you Lisa! No superficial changes for me, I want a full-out renovation from the inside out!

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  12. Got a Lifeway flyer today with a book about just that topic. Maybe I need to look into this further!

  13. Wow, Lisa, this really smacked me hard: "A decision is not enough. Jesus is looking for a commitment."

    You convince me with that one line alone!

  14. How special to be learning from your husband as a pastor, as well as your husband.