It’s been a year and three months since I’ve written a blog. That’s a long time! I have been thinking a lot lately about commitment, taking some ‘self’ inventory and this is where it took me.
com•mit•ment-noun (from Google)
1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
“the company’s commitment to quality”
synonyms: dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity
“her commitment to her students”
2. an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
synonyms: responsibility, obligation, duty, tie, liability, task, engagement, arrangement
“the pressure of his commitments”
What are you committed to??
Are you committed to your spouse, family, job, losing weight, stop smoking, getting healthy, putting away anger…the list is different for each one of us and the blanks could be filled in with any number of ‘commitments’.
Commitment requires being faithful, being truthful, devoted to. A password is required to access my computer, Milk is required to make ice cream, in other words, something or somebody is required when making a commitment.
Often the things we are committed to are not beneficial. We become committed to a habit or addictions. I could be committed to saving for a new car, or I could be committed to robbing a bank. Either commitment would require a plan and action on my part in order to be successful.
Take a look at the beauty of these verses…
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We’re completely renewed from the inside out, spiritually transformed, Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:10, 15; 4:24; Colossians 3:10.
We’re created to be like God, in true righteousness and holiness, dedicated to his purposes. Ephesians 4:24
As Christians, we share his glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18
We’re being renewed in knowledge in the image of our Creator. Colossians 3:10
We no longer need to hang on to our old habits or patterns. We are to be transformed, have renewed minds. Romans 12:2
Since we now live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
To be reconciled to God means to be restored to a right relationship with him.
I need to be reminded of these beautiful words over and over. I want true commitment and devotion in my walk with God, in every area of my life, especially where I am the weakest, in my struggles, big or small. When I overcome, it is not by my power, it is by the power of Christ, who gives me strength.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making is appeal through us”.
Let’s get real about being committed.