Can Jesus commit himself to you? ~ Pst. Adesoji Oni
Topic: Can Jesus commit himself to you?
Text: John 2:23-25
Preacher: Pastor Adesoji Oni
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
The main thing that makes life to us is when God’s commitment is secured by us we can live for him everywhere. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” [Rom. 8:31]. From what we have read, we must understand that Jesus did not commit himself to the people. The scripture says that all it takes to be a child of God is just simple – just is believe John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. The believer becomes the son of God according to what we have read. In other words, Jesus knew that one of the things to stir up people’s belief is actually when they see; so it is not a bad thing that they saw Jesus do miracles and heal people. Let’s now understand what commitment is.
WHAT IS COMMITMENT
Commitment simply means dedicated to a course or activity, in other words Jesus received them but he did not commit himself to them. There are certain people that when certain things happen to them, God can go any length to make sure that he addresses their issue in one way or the other. When they told Jesus that Lazarus was sick, they said “your friend whom thou loveth is sick“, but Jesus raised his head and said this sickness is not unto death. Even when Lazarus had died, Jesus had to bring him back to life and eventually death vomited him.
The case of Jerusalem seems different because, though Jesus Christ received them, he was not committed to their course. Why because he knew what was in their heart, according to that scripture [John 2:24]. There are some people that comes to you to talk about others, if you are not careful and you take their testimony, you may fall into problem because they have something else in mind that you ought to be mindful of even if their testimony is right. You can actually deceive man, but you cannot deceive God. The bible says Be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap [Gal. 6:7]. God’s omniscient quality is what makes him know every man’s heart. God sees into the heart of men. Psalm 51:6 “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”. For example, people can pretend to love you but really don’t. however, God expects us to love from a pure heart. Rom 12:9 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
Giving is another point to consider, as people give in pretense; when they are holding a mint note or a supposed quality offering, they want to display it for people to see but if they are holding a rough offering they wouldn’t display it. Some people may pretend to love God outwardly but their heart is far from him [Phil. 1:6-7]. Scripture says “when obeying your master, don’t do as men pleasers with eye service”.
At the beginning of this teaching, we said that if Jesus is committed to your course, there is nothing to worry about. How then can we gain Jesus’ commitment?
i. Living uprightly: Job 8:6, Psalm 24:3
ii. Draw near to him, don’t serve him from afar. By drawing near to him, you make his love flow from your heart. James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
iii. You must have good motive. 1 Samuel 2:3 “Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed”. Sometimes when I prepare for ministration, I found out that some wrong motives concerning my expectation sets in, and if not dealt with; the implication is that I won’t see the hand of God.
iv. Faithfulness Psalm 5:9, 1Cor. 4:1-2
v. Love the Lord wholeheartedly. Matt. 22:36-38
Many people are in church today because they saw miracle or they are expecting something from God, but as good as that seem; if a person has not gotten to the point where his confession like Paul will be “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”, he has not started working with God. Like Job confessed in Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him”. The benefit for the above is that God will reward you openly.
If you are yet to give your life to Christ, God is able to save you and deliver you from all forms of destruction. Say Lord Jesus, come into my life, be the bishop of my soul, thank you for saving me in Jesus name.
- Father in the name of Jesus, I ask that you lay your mighty hands upon your children and help us according to your will and put us aright in Jesus name.