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I'm In a Bind
Commitment to Christ
Joe Stowell
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

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Key Bible Verse:

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him

(2 Chronicles 16:9a). Bonus Reading: Matthew 6:19-21

A young businessman in our church was climbing the corporate ladder. He lived in a beautiful home. He headed the Continental Cablevision Company in Detroit. About 18 months into the assignment, as he was growing in the Lord, he began to struggle.

He came to me and said, "Pastor, I don't know how I can continue to grow, be God's kind of man—and market this unrighteousness in my community. I'm in a bind."

I'll never forget the Sunday he said, "Pastor, I resigned my position this week because I came to realize if I am going to be a man after God's own heart, committed to righteousness, I can no longer market unrighteousness."

I said, "Tell me about your new job."

He said, "I don't have one. In fact we're packing up and moving back to Minnesota where our parents live."

That guy would not strike an allegiance with a pagan world system but would trust in his God when he was in a tight spot and be unflinchingly loyal to Him.

—Joe Stowell, president, Moody Bible Institute

Personal Challenge

What have you given up that shows your commitment to Christ?

Thought to Apply

I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.


Credits: Adapted from--Wednesday: Preaching Today (45)

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