Part 3 of: Admit – Submit – Commit – Transmit
When you admit God is God and you do the only logical thing – submit to His authority – it only stands to reason you will live what you believe.
Ac 5:1-3 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? You can say the right words. You can take an action meant for good and which may even do some good. If your heart isn’t sincere, you cannot hide it from God. If you are really sincere, your commitment will be complete. God allows us to question Him. Jesus forgives sin. But, if your faith isn’t genuine your commitment won’t be either. Either God is God or He isn’t. If you don’t commit you’re saying He isn’t.
Ac 7:55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. In Acts 6 and 7 Stephen stands in stark contrast to Ananias and Sapphira. Stephen was committed. He obeyed to the point of death. Even facing death, Stephen was confident in his eternal salvation and in spite of the grueling and painful physical torture unto death, he was comforted. He saw into heaven and knew something greater than this life.
Would I be able to do what Peter did if called upon? Would I doubt, keeping what belongs to God like Ananias? I have little confidence in myself. My flesh is weak. If God called on me tonight, the gravity of the importance of this makes my knees weak. It isn’t my fear of death from this life, but my fear of my own sinful nature while living this life. God is faithful to keep the promises he makes. What about all my broken promises? Pray for me. I go down to my knees and beg forgiveness, recommitting now and each day moving forward.
The commitment isn’t found in words, not even in death, but in living. Stephen’s example was his life, not his death. Death happens to us all. It was his attitude while living which is the example to follow. Commit yourself to that life and you will one day see what Stephen saw (1 Thess 5:24). Do it daily (Lk 9:23).