FAITH IN FOCUS: COMMITMENT
A young man walked into a camera shop with a framed picture of his girlfriend. He wanted the picture duplicated which, of course, involved removing it from the frame. While doing this, the studio owner noticed the inscription on the back which said, “Dear Wayne, I love you with all my heart. I love you more and more each day. I will love you forever and ever. I am yours for all eternity.” It was signed “Emma” and it contained a P.S.: “If we ever break up, I want this picture back.”
They say there can be no P.S. in our relationship with Christ for he demands an all-or-nothing-at-all commitment. But is it reasonable to follow Christ through thick and thin when we sometimes stand to lose so much?
Could you excuse Christians from openly professing their faith in certain countries where it is a State offence for the bible to be imported and where no provision is madefor any religion other than the official one to be practised?
What would you feel about the young Christian doctor who felt called to go and work in a Third World place where medical provision was negligible but who instead decided to stay in a rich medical practice where he could get on the professional ladder and start to pay off the mortgage on a huge house he wanted to buy?
What about TV personalities who keep quiet about their faith for fear it will affect their popularity? Do you find time for politicians who abstain from voting against legislation that conflicts with their faith just so that they can keep their seats in parliament? Or those who give up beliefs simply to marry? And those whose neighbours don’t even know are Christian for fear of ridicule?
Before we jump to criticise, there is something of all these people in each of us. Yet Jesus’ words today hold true: If anyone declares themselves for me or disowns me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for them or disown them in the presence of my Father in heaven.