by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:9]
A. The Jews dedicated the temple to God’s service on several occasions in their history (2 Chronicles 7:1-6; Ezra 6:15-17; John 10:22).
B. To be dedicated means to set something apart for a specific purpose (2 Chronicles 2:4) or to commit oneself to a goal at any cost.
C. We may be dedicated to many trivial pursuits in life, but what really matters is how dedicated we are in our service to God.
I. The Scriptures reveal some beautiful examples of dedication.
A. Paul was certainly dedicated in his service to God (1 Thessalonians 2:7-11; 2 Corinthians 11:21-33; 12:13-15; Philippians 3:14).
B. Luke, one of Paul’s closest companions, is another excellent example of dedication (2 Timothy 4:10-11).
C. Jesus is the ultimate example of dedication (Hebrews 12:2).
II. There is a great need for dedicated people in the Lord’s church.
A. God has always demanded dedication from His servants (Luke 9:62; Matthew 24:12-13; Revelation 2:10).
B. It takes dedication to be a leader (1 Timothy 3:1-6).
A. Dedicated people never give up when they are challenged; they just work harder and make more sacrifices.
B. Has your dedication to God been lacking? How about your dedication to the brethren and to your family?
C. Have you dedicated your life to the Lord (Romans 6:3-4)?