What do these scriptures have in common? They all refer to commitment. What does it mean to commit yourself to something or to someone?
the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.“the company’s commitment to quality”
This is a voluntary decision to hold oneself to a higher standard with regards to the quality of your service to another person or organization. This standard involves a willingness to put that person or organization above all others in terms of priority and importance.
an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.“business commitments”
synonyms: responsibility, obligation, duty, tie, liability;
Once you are committed to a person or a cause, then your free will is subject to that person or cause. Their well being is paramount and your time is dedicated to them before anything else.
Now, knowing the definition, how committed are you to Christ?
Do you think of God’s will before you act on your own personal impulses or desires?
Are your actions in line with the teachings of our Lord and savior when you interact with one another?
Do you dedicate time to serve the Lord during the week or do you take time to speak to someone about God’s word?
How dedicated are you about your own spiritual growth?
Is it something you live fore or is it a past-time on Sundays?
These are all very difficult questions to answer because it requires us to look at our love of God through a very high standard. If this standard seems to be too much just remember the 1st and 2nd commandments:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
And in Matthew 22: 37-40
37 Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So the word of God makes it clear that He expects us to be committed to Him and to dedicate our lives to His Glory. We should always be cognizant of the spiritual consequences of our actions and try to conform ourselves to act in ways that are pleasing to God.
Does this mean that if we fail we are doomed? Of course God is a God of love and mercy. As long as we pick ourselves up after we fall and ask for forgiveness with a repentant heart, there is Grace.
In other words, even though at times we don’t deserve it, God’s mercy allows Him to show us favor and absolve us of our sins through the sacrifice made for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
In order to merit this blessing from God we must do three very important things:
1.) Acknowledge our sin to the Lord
2.) Ask God for forgiveness
Here are some Bible verses about forgiveness.
Understanding forgiveness and repentance are important tools that allow us to maintain our commitment to Christ because sometimes we can feel that we are no longer able to serve the Lord due to our sins or that we are no longer worthy of His love or favor because of our shortcomings.
This false teaching can only cause us to grow further away from God and this is the last thing that our loving Eternal Father wants.
We were created to share in communion of the spirit and to be companions to God forever. Remember:
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Believe that God loves you and be blessed!