Game Changers - Called, Compelled, Committed
I have not always understood what the words “called,” “compelled,” and “committed” mean. But embracing these three “Cs” changed my life forever. Let me explain.
I accepted the “call” (summons or invitation) to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of eleven in a revival service in Twist, Arkansas. This was special to me because it happened at my father’s church, the late Pastor James A. Nicks, Sr.
I did not fully understand then, as I do now, that the “call” was a call from God through the Holy Spirit. According to Hebrews 3:1, it was a heavenly calling. I came to understand that I was not saved and called according to my works, but according to God’s purpose and grace (2 Timothy 1:9).
As I attended Sunday School, BTU (Baptist Training Union), Wednesday night Bible Studies and Bible classes at the district, local and state levels, I began to understand that I was not just called to salvation, but to service also. I was an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Enlighten with this knowledge, my highest priority became reconciling lost men, women, and children to Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:14 (NIV) teaches [that] Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died”.
To compel is to hold something together so that it does not fall apart. From this we get the meanings to "hold fast" (that is, to not allow to slip through one's fingers) and to "surround" or "hem in" (that is, to not let escape).
Paul is saying that Christ's love completely controlled and dominated him. It is not just the mere fact of Christ's death, but a conviction about it, that leaves Paul no choice but to carry out his call to preach the gospel.
I, too, felt compelled to preach the gospel. I had no choice. The call came from heaven.
The Bible Dictionary defines commit as “to entrust, commit to one charge”. Webster’s dictionary defines committed as bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude.
2 Corinthians 5:19 says, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
I was committed to God’s “call” and “compelled” to obey because He was committed to me and entrusted me with preaching of the atonement. Evangelizing the lost and making disciples is my responsibility as a Christian—one that God has equipped me to fulfill.
The reason I say being called, compelled, and committed is a game changer is because when you are armed with the significance of these three “Cs”, you begin to speak with God-given authority.
When we speak in his authority, using his word, we are speaking as if it were God himself talking. Guess what, when God speaks the whole creation not only listens, but obeys. His word doesn't stop until it finishes the process it was sent to complete. There's no need for us to use empty words. We have all of Heaven standing ready to do what we say when we say what God says. Therefore, let us say what he says! The authority has been given to us (John 12:47-50)!
And we do not have to be afraid. Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
Let us as Christians and Ambassadors spread the word that:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
Let us be game changers and walk in the power of being called, compelled, and committed.