HOW DEEP IS YOUR COMMITMENT?
Back in 2015 there was a movie released starring Will Smith. In this movie, he portrayed a doctor who specialized in the area of brain injuries and activity. He had come to discover that, as a result of repetitive blows to the head, several players in the NFL were suffering from brain injuries that would ultimately lead to their deaths. The caveat to all of this was the fact that these injuries could only be diagnosed after the player had died and an autopsy was performed. Armed with this evidence, the doctor sought to let the NFL and the world know about his findings. The name of the movie was “Concussion”.
In his efforts to let the NFL and the world know about his findings, he was oblivious to a known fact. Football is an All-American Sport. The NFL makes billions of dollars per year and has a loyal fanbase. Millions of Americans gather around their TVs to watch these games every week during the regular season. The culmination of which occurs every February when the 2 champion teams from each division face off against each other in the SuperBowl. That one game alone attracts over 100 million viewers. Needless to say, football is good business.
Now to add fuel to the fire, the doctor was not even an American! But yet here he is threatening one of the games that Americans hold dear to their hearts. His findings regarding brain injuries had the potential to disrupt the entire NFL structure and could cost them millions. Needless to say, the doctor caught heavy criticisms and backlash for his findings. He was called names and received threatening phone calls. But the doctor stood firm in what he believed to be the truth, no matter the cost to his reputation or career.
The question I ask is, what do you believe in? Are you willing to stand on that belief even if it costs you the very thing you hold dear? Like the doctor, we who are believers in Jesus Christ are citizens not of this country. But we are merely passing through for a short time on our way back home. We are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. The charge we have is to share the Kingdom to all those that have an ear to hear. People are searching for truth. Longing for purpose. Looking for forgiveness. Yearning for love, appreciation, and respect. All of these things and more are addressed and found in the Kingdom.
Now, I am not perfect. And I will quickly admit that I’ve done a poor job reaching out to people regarding the Kingdom. Some of it is from fear of being ridiculed. Some of it is because I felt like I did not know enough about the subject to share it. But as I get older, I see more and more the importance of sharing the Kingdom with my family and friends. Even if it makes me uncomfortable.
We can find our charge in Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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What I want the most is for this to not be about me. But rather the focus be placed on Jesus Christ; the author and finisher of our faith. I am just a vessel willing to be used by him and for him.
Awesome! So true. This is an area I’m going to improve in. No matter the cost.
Awesome job Terry!!! I just saw an episode of this on Law and Order. I thank God for the insight He had given you. Love You!!!
Love you too!!!
This is so true Terry! I have been around the world for God but we do not have to do that to answer His charge. Showing and telling others about Him in our families, jobs and daily lives is part of the command. It can be difficult but we have to remember the ultimate price that Jesus paid for us all.
Amen to that!!
Wow!!! And I say Wow again. It is amazing, how God brings things to are attention. The simple things just as watching a movie or TV program, like law and order for Ms. Bobby. The movie that I watch was John Wick. My thoughts were why would he not just let it go. Because whatever he did was not bringing back the puppy or his car. He was so committed, there was a determination in him that no matter what he was committed to finish what someone else had provoked him to get revenge. And that’s how it should be for us, that the word should provoke us to be determine to be committed to go out and share the word of God, no matter what! I pray that God gives us (me) that boldness to do what we are commissioned to do. Amen.. Thank you Terry for redirecting my thinking and I’m going to do better in being more committed to the kingdom of God. Keep up the awesome job…. love you much
Love you too!! The commitment has to be real!!
P.S……He did get his car back. So I see here that also being persistent in my commitments I will surely be rewarded by the Lord.