Cotidie – Make a Commitment
Cotidie = Daily in Latin
PART THREE OF SIX
We should resolve to make a commitment to Jesus Christ.
I want to share a story, as told by the Reverend Porter Barrington: “In the first year of my ministry, I sat at the bedside of a dying friend. As we talked of his homegoing, tears filled his eyes. Being young in the Lord, I thought he was afraid to die, and attempted to speak words of encouragement to him. He said, “I am not afraid to die; I am ashamed to die.” He went on to say that Christ was his Savior, but he had lived for self, and now had to meet the Lord Jesus Christ empty handed. His life loomed up before him as “wood, hay, and straw.” He was “saved so as fire.””
He had never resolved to make a true commitment to Jesus Christ. I urge you today; do not be like the man in the story.
As Jesus spoke the words, “Take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23), everybody knew what Jesus meant. In the Roman world, before a man died on the cross, he had to physically carry his cross to the place of execution. When the Romans crucified a criminal, they first hung a cross on him. Then they hung him on the cross. The end result of carrying a cross always was death. The hearers of the words of Jesus would have known exactly what this meant. They would not need an explanation of what “take up his cross daily” meant. They knew it was an instrument of humiliation. Torture and death were the outcomes. If someone took up his cross, he did not come back. It was a one-way ticket.
In this same way, a true commitment to Christ should be a one-way ticket. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” This might just mean death to self for some, but for others this means to make a commitment that will lead to death, a literal physical death.
We must resolve to make a commitment to Jesus Christ, a true commitment. A one-way ticket.
Just for today, make a commitment to Jesus.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Four….
Barrington, Porter. The Christian life New Testament : the New King James version : Master Outlines and Study Notes. Nashville TN: T. Nelson Publishers, 1984.
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