I was praying on the way to work the other day and I thought about the word “commitment” and where I was regarding commitment in my life.
I like to have a common understanding of what words mean so I like to add a definition
com·mit·ment /kəˈmitmənt/ noun
- the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
- a pledge or undertaking
for the sake of discussion.
2019 has been challenging for me physically. I started the year with a severe case of gout in both of my feet. In April, I had to have pacemaker surgery and before I got out of the hospital, I got gout again in both feet and in both knees. I was sent to rehab, which I started referring to it as “being in lock-up”. In June, I started working again and enjoying it. I started going back to the gym and in October, I got a pinched nerve in my lower back. I was forced to go back to using my walker because the pain was excruciating. I ended up having to have an epidural shot, which helped but didn’t completely fix it. I have a second epidural shot in a couple of days.
I mentioned those things because pain can effect your commitment level. Most of my readers know I have a desire to serve my Lord with all my heart as an expression of my love for Him and what He has done for me.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men… Colossians 3:23 ESV
Part of my drive is personality related. I tend to “go all in, head first.” And part is because I want others to see a changed life that came about from my salvation. I wonder if that same desire is in other Christians lives? I understand that not everyone has the same amount of faith, some are weaker and some are stronger. Only the Lord knows for sure what that amount of faith is for each of us.
Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They’ll stay faithful as long as it’s safe and doesn’t involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going. – Charles Stanley
I have had the privilege of knowing many Godly, committed Christians. Men and women who might not have been in full time ministry, but folks who just loved Jesus and wanted to live for Him and to live in His peace and His blessings. These people have helped me try to live a committed, devoted life for Jesus.
With commitment comes the word “trust”. When we commit ourselves to Him, we place our trust in Him to see us through our journey.
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 NKJV
As I have gotten older and experienced many of life’s trials and tribulations, I found myself with some limitations, but I don’t think my dedication of heart has to be limited. I will have some physical limitations, but my heart still wants to be true to Him. As a “mature” believer I have a responsibility to those who follow behind me. To be a example of how to / how not to go through troubles (we don’t always do things perfectly) and still follow the Lord.
Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don’t be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do. – Billy Graham
By observation, I see a decline in commitment in our society to helping and caring for our fellowman and sadly, even in the Christian community, I see a lack of commitment to following the commands of God’s word. It seems many have exchanged Christ-centered lives for self-centered lives. But I don’t think it has to stay that way. Perhaps a time of examination of each of our hearts will reveal where we may have gotten off track and where to get back onto the right track. God is very kind to welcome us back to where we need to be. Who are you committed to? Will you commit to being committed? “…trust in Him and He shall bring it to pass…”