Recently, Pastor Judy asked this question to our elders and deacons: What does the word commitment look like?
My immediate response was, “The people in this room.”
I Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9 describe the qualifications for elders and deacons. There are many that pertain to only elders and some to deacons, however, there are shared qualifications for both: above reproach or blameless, faithful to his wife, temperate, respectable, not given to drunkenness, manages his own family well, sees that his children obey him, does not pursue dishonest gain and holds to the truth.
These are qualities of commitment. Each has a track record of loving people to the point where they give their lives away to serve others. I am absolutely humbled when I am in their presence because their example of commitment, fueled by love, pulls me to be a more passionate follower of Christ.
What makes this group of leaders special?
First, they prioritize their lives by making time for Bible reading, reflection, prayer and worship.
Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.
Regular daily time communing with the Holy Spirit keeps our focus on God and not ourselves or our circumstances.
Second, Crossfire leaders understand the importance of the local church.
I Corinthians 3:16-17
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
The pronoun “you” is plural, meaning that church (called “temple”) consists of many members. I Corinthians 6:19-20 says that the Holy Spirit occupies our bodies, which are called the temple of God. Individual temples make up the corporate temple that the Bible calls the Church.
The apostle Paul clearly warns those who try to destroy this divine group will in essence be annihilated themselves. The church with all of its imperfection is God-ordained to reach our lost world for Jesus Christ. Therefore, our leaders are committed to Crossfire’s success and highly protective of their church family.
One of the greatest challenges church leadership faces is to raise up committed people. Our mission statement is “Loving God, Loving People”. Basically this is a commitment statement. Today’s society is highly self-centered. The internet has created an information culture and relationship vacuum. Therefore, we have a fragmented church with attenders but not committed members.
Many in our church culture tune into the radio station WIIFM – What’s In It For Me. They are excited about spiritual truths and practices until they come to an understanding of commitment and sacrifice. Some disappear, searching for a fantasy church that never disappoints or requires anything from them.
Mature believers see the importance of committed relationships and service.
Leaders at Crossfire church deal with weaknesses and disappointments like any other Christian. What makes them leaders is commitment. All of them have been offended, misused and disappointed in their ministry roles, but they have chosen to grow rather than retreat. Each has a deep sense that God has called them to Crossfire Church so they have made a covenant with God that overrides their disappointments in life.
They also have committed themselves to our church body because people are depending upon them for leadership and support. A husband and wife often work out hurts and disagreements in their marriage because the kids depend on both of them for their security. Our leaders realize their presence brings peace and security to the church family.
Every Christian needs to be planted in a church; we were made for community. Get committed and watch how your spiritual life will soar with excitement!