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Remember being a kid and waiting expectantly during the days leading up to Christmas? You were probably on your best behavior, making sure that if Santa really did check that list twice, you’d be on the right side of it. Hours felt like days, and days felt like weeks, until the moment finally arrived: Christmas morning.

If you were like most children, you probably hopped out of bed before dawn, before your parents were even awake, and headed expectantly for the gifts wrapped and waiting under the tree. Who knew what wonders awaited? This week, as we read through the last part of Irresistible Invitation: Responding to the Extravagant Heart of God, we’re headed toward another wonderfully special event: Commitment Sunday. That’s the day you’ll be able to commit your prayers, presence, service, and financial gifts to the church for the coming season. And just like Christmas morning, you have no idea what wonders await.

See, God always meets us where we are, and anytime we take a step closer to him, he responds likewise by stepping closer to us. When we’re ready to say yes to all that he asks of us, we can know for certain that he will richly reward us for it, and continue to draw us closer into relationship with him.

This Sunday, even if you feel the tiniest bit apprehensive about taking the next step, rely on your faith to get you there. Consider what Vincent van Gogh once said about doubt: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

The master painter, the one who created you with beautiful strokes of his brush, still stands with that brush in hand. So as your special day arrives, greet it with expectancy and know that God will honor your new levels of commitment and help you stand firm. Keep this in mind:

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done.

(Col. 2:6–7 NLT)