“I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish”
– Esther 4:16
This was the word of a committed woman, a woman who wants to save her people, she knew she could loose hee life trying to save them and she understood it going to take commitment to see it through and she did, never minding the consequence.
Commitment is devotion to a cause, dream, purpose and people. And as Christians it is devotion to God, Jesus Christ, the Bible and the church, and this principle is rooted in God’s faithfulness.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who loves Him and keep His commandments”
– Deut 7:9
The life of Joshua was a life of commitment to serving God faithfully. He called and challenged the people of Isreal to dedicate and commit themselves to the Lord.
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the river and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves, this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served beyond the river or the gods of the am or its in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”
Here Joshua made a call for commitment to God as he understood that where your commitment is, that is where your heart and attention would be. He made that call so that he’d know those who their mind are aligned with his.
In our dreams and ambition, commitment is needed if we must succeed.
Committed people stick to a cause at all cost. Paul at the end of his life gave his testimony of commitment.
“For I am even now ready to be sacrificed and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
– 2 Timothy 4:6-7
Unfortunately a lot if us are not committed to anything other than our own selfish interest. We don’t commit to others, yet we expect them to commit to us.
Life itself revolves around the principle of commitment.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.and the second is like it; ‘love your neighbor as yourself; All the laws and prophet hang on these two commandment.”
– Matthew 22:37-40
One should be committed to the primary cause of keeping and obeying God’s moral laws that have bearing on our lives.
All forms of Christian life and activities must be based upon commitment to God and His word and his church.
Our commitment should focus on the following areas:
● Total commitment, love and devotion to the Holy Trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy spirit. (Psalms 37:5 ; proverbs 16:3)
● Total commitment to the teachings of the Bible, the inspired and authoritative word of God, and living by them. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
● Total commitment to the church of Jesus Christ and it’s mission and outreach. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
● Total commitment to Christian family values; building, nurturing and maintaining strong Christian homes.(Ephesians 5:21-28)
● Total commitment to high moral, spiritual and public domains. (Galatians 5:22 ; 1 Timothy 6:11)
In conclusion the psalmist wrote :
” commit your ways to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this.”
“Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. “