We must commit to Christ daily

Published 10:23pm Friday, July 12, 2013

A man was respected in his community and in his church, leading one person to comment that he was a “saint.” His wife smiled knowingly and said, “Well, he’s a good man and a good provider, but a saint he ain’t!”

The Bible affirms that all God’s people are saints. The root of this word is the word “holy,” which is the same word used to describe the Spirit of God — he is the “holy” Spirit.

But what happens when a Christian isn’t holy?

We were shocked some time ago when The Birmingham News printed a story about a noted Birmingham minister who is alleged to have had a secret life for many years. This revelation was especially disturbing to me since he and I have known each other since college days, and he was in a prayer group with me a number of years ago.

This incident reminded me of the New Testament story of Euodias and Syntyche in the Philippian church. These two women had served faithfully for years, but now they were in a public dispute (Philippians 4: 1-2). Paul publicly reprimanded the ladies and asked others in the fellowship to help them reconcile.

It’s true that some who’ve been a great blessing to the church sometimes need the help of others.

I’m sure this minister had enough friends who will come to his aid and that he was wise enough to let them help him.

I think this episode illustrates that we can’t surrender our lives to Christ one day and passively wait for heaven. Every day must be a day of fresh commitment.

I visited Appomattox, Va. and saw the room where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. U.S. Grant on April 9, 1865. The house is reconstructed, but is built on the original foundation and faithful to the accounts of how the room looked on that fateful day. Grant could’ve demanded Lee’s sword, but as a courtesy he didn’t. But Lee’s surrender was certain.

We become Christians by surrendering our lives to Christ. Surrender to him is certain, but not the end. Every day must be a day of fresh surrender since our old nature continues to dog our steps.

As Robert Robinson wrote in the grand old hymn, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”

Our prayers are with this fallen minister. His situation reminds the rest of us to seek God daily lest we wander from the Lord.

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