Our theme this year was: COMMITTED – to Pray, Give, and Go. Everyone is committed to something. The big question is: Am I committed to the right things? Am I committed to the things that really matter? I think we all have to ask ourselves if we are committed to the same things God Himself is committed to.
There seems to be a lot of misdirected commitment in the world today. Last week I listened to Chip Ingram as he addressed a crowd of one thousand gathered at the Bonita Prayer Breakfast. It got pretty quiet when he suggested there might be a higher purpose in life than striving to put a little white ball in a four-inch hole in the ground in fewer strokes. Isn’t it amazing watching people knock themselves out over things that have little if any eternal value?
I think it was Leonard Ravenhill who asked the searching question, “Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?” While recreation certainly has its place, and vacations are nice, there is a higher cause worth living for. It’s called the Great Commission. There is no higher cause.
Last Sunday our guest missionary, Jason Frenn, made a statement that resonated deep in my heart and brought out an instant “YES!” He said, “A mission’s convention is the transference of God’s burden for the lost to our hearts.” It’s not just about raising money so we can send missionaries, although that is an important part of it (Romans 10:14-15). But it goes deeper than that. It’s about our hearts getting in alignment with God’s heart. It’s about our commitments and priorities lining up with His.
Financially, this year’s mission’s convention was a success. But the true success will be measured by the ongoing commitment level of our hearts to the Great Commission. That’s the deal.
Pastor Todd Weston