walk in the word
27Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.” 31Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? —Luke 14:27-31
We have been going through seven words that can shape and change your family. Three were healing words: forgiveness, blessing, and honor. Now we reach the last of three building words: truth, church, and finally, commitment.
Many of us know commitment is a powerful tool for family transformation, but we haven’t really considered the conditions commitment requires.
Every family you respect and admire—and rightly so—has problems, too. In a fallen world there are no perfect families. But at the center of those that are healthy is this word: commitment. Commitment is a total, unswerving, unalterable lifetime decision to do life together under God. Commitment is a powerful tool for family transformation.
You say, “Well, I want commitment like that in my family.”
Here are four characteristics you need in your commitment or it won’t be the power God wants it to be in your home:
Don’t miss the power of commitment in your family. Ask God to participate in your life together.
Father, Your Son taught and demonstrated commitment by carrying out Your will in the world and obtaining our salvation. Thank You for letting go of Him for our sake. Help us as a family to identify places where our commitment can be strengthened by Your Word and Your presence. We want Your power to be exercised in our family life.
In Jesus’ name,
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