Dedication - What are we dedicated to


    
It’s been stated and human experience proves that it’s true: “You can’t leap a chasm in two bounds.”  The point is that one has to be dedicated to the proposition that he plans to get to the other side or he fails and he falls.  Gruff and gloomy Thomas Carlyle, a Nineteenth Century Scottish philosopher, satirical writer and essayist, said “Have a purpose and throw all the weight of your mind and body behind it.”
The American success story is founded upon commitment, dedication, purpose that transcends one’s comfort or one’s selfish desires.  This is true in business, politics, quest for freedom, and faith.  Benjamin Disraeli, Nineteenth Century British Statesman, said: “The secret of success is constancy (dedication) to a worthwhile purpose.”  To what are we committed?
We realize of course that many people have set their sights on things of this world and are dedicated to the cause of satisfying human desires.  Jesus reminds us that where one’s treasure is, that’s where his heart (dedication) will be (Matthew 6:21).  Then He calls us to a higher plain, and points heavenward as the place where our treasures should be laid.  Thus, our hearts (dedication) will be there. The Christian life of necessity is a life of purpose and dedication to a cause.  Jesus knew His own purpose at the young age of 12 years old, and He was dedicated to being about His Father’s business.  He set His face to go to Jerusalem knowing that He must die there.  His dedication cost Him his life in the flesh, but it fulfilled His very purpose of coming to earth.  
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.  When Daniel (Daniel 1:8) purposed in his heart (this was his dedication to a cause) not to defile himself, he became a power to be reckoned with. Basically, all that remains of once flourishing Babylon are memories, and one of the strongest memories we have is of Daniel’s role there.  He was a man whose purpose was to be loyal to a higher cause than this world.  He was dedicated to God and to the faith of his fathers.
We would be remiss to not remind each other that our dedication first and foremost must be to God, Christ, His Holy Word, and to His Body, the church.  We must spend all the time that is necessary to secure our faith and ground our understanding in the ways of God so we do not lose our grip (Hebrews 2:1-4 “lest at any time we should let them slip”).  It’s appropriate to think a few moments as to what our real purpose is.  To what will we be dedicated?
Our dedication must be unwavering if we expect to leap the chasm and reach the other side.  First of all, we must consider our own salvation to secure it.  Each of us has a responsibility to “Make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10).  Each of us must consider one’s self “lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).  We must be certain that we are walking with the Lord. We must be dedicated to the greatest cause in all the world, the cause of Christ, Christianity, going to heaven, helping others to also find the way.  To what are you dedicated?

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