Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. 25For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.

Matthew 25:23, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

My current sermon series is titled “Building A Great Life.” Sunday, I noted that one of the keys to building a great life is to make commitments that count. The only commitments that ultimately count are ones you make that honor God, but how can we honor God with our commitments each day?

If we want to have commitments that count, make sure our commitments have a positive payoff. We live in a world filled with people who want to keep their options open, and sometimes that is a good thing. In reality, you can’t live forever without making a commitment. I want to challenge you to make deep commitments in a shallow and superficial world. Make a commitment to your family; make a commitment to your friends, but most important of all… make a strong commitment to God. Our faith commitments payoff positively. When we invest in growing and strengthening our faith, the positive effect impacts those around us. When we commit to help and serve others, the ripple effect changes lives and honors God.

Someday you will hear God say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Now that’s a positive payoff.

Have a blessed weekend and I hope to see in church on Sunday!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D