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Commitment

Commitment. Such a simple word. According to the dictionary sitting on my desk here (Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary, Revised Edition), commit means to ...

be responsible for, pledge or obligate oneself.

A Christian's view of commitment is deeper than this. It includes giving of oneself, loving others, serving God, walking in God's will, and giving God all the glory.

I committed to several new responsibilities in the year 2000, including being the chairman of my homeschool support group. It is amazing how I went from a very uncommitted person to an over-committed person. And, truthfully, some of my commitments are tiring me out.

My old self would have quickly quit when commitments weren't working out the way I wanted them to. Maybe the commitment was taking too much of my time. Maybe I was getting criticized for the way I was doing things. Maybe I didn't like the way others, especially those in charge, were doing things and making me do things. Whatever the case, I knew if I could just get out of the commitment life would return to "normal."

Joyce Meyer points out that "not wanting to and not being able to are two different things." A mistake I often made was to back out of commitment when it didn't feel right. I missed the opportunity to stretch myself, to walk in obedience to God's will, to fully accept the responsibility I took on. Just because I didn't like what I was doing didn't mean I had the right to quit.

Let me add though that backing out of a commitment can be the right thing to do. There could be health reasons, both physical and emotional. Sometimes we just plain over-commit ourselves. We have to cut out something, or else everything pays the price. We have to get our priorities back in the right order ... God, family, work, church and ministry, then ourselves. In her book, Reduce Me to Love, Joyce Meyer writes ...

When we make a true commitment to walk in love, it usually causes a huge shift in our lifestyle. Many of our ways - our thoughts, our conversation, our habits - have to change.

I have prayed for years that the Lord would use me to help others. I knew there were people going through the same time of hurt and confusion and loneliness that I had gone through. I wanted to share how the Lord had helped me and how He could help them. Mrs. Meyer writes ...

He [the Lord] needs Christians who are committed to developing the character of Jesus Christ in their own lives. According to 2 Corinthians 5:20, you and I are Christ's ambassadors - His personal representatives. The Lord is making His appeal to the world through us.

It's not always easy (and, YES!, it can be easy at times!!!) to walk in the love of Jesus. This year I've had others do to me what I've done in the past ... back out of commitment or completely avoid commitment. This can be frustrating! I'm learning through all of this that when God calls me to do something He can bring me through it in a powerful, victorious way that gives Him all the glory. Mrs. Meyer writes ...

A love walk does not come easily or without personal sacrifice. Each time we choose to love someone, it will cost us something - time, money or effort. That's why we are told to count the cost before we make the commitment.

Each commitment needs to be considered as a serious obligation. Our priorities need to be kept straight. It's okay to say "No!" when it is not the right thing to do and okay to say "Yes!" when it is the right thing to do! I hope and pray that the Lord gives each of us the wisdom needed to make the right commitment and that He blesses those commitments in a mighty way!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. - Galatians 6:7-10

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. - Luke 10:2

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? - Luke 14:28

February 4, 2001
2001 by Kathy Ridpath
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