Sunday, August 07, 2005

Submit And Commit!

These days, commitment is not exactly regarded as a good thing. Think about it. Want a cellphone but you don't want to be committed to the phone company for a whole year? Get a cellphone with no long-term commitment! What about premarital sex? Temporary pleasure with no commitment! Buy a product, decide you don't like it, then send it back within thirty days! Get married and then get divorced! In a world where anything and everything is obtainable with little or no commitment, it's no wonder many Christians have trouble committing themselves to the Lord!

Many times, the reason why we don't want to commit to something is because we are unsure of where it will get us. Will we get something out of it? Or will we have wasted our time and effort and receive nothing from it? This type of attitude towards commitment causes Christians to ask themselves questions like, "Do I have to go to church every weekend?", "Do I have to do the right thing all the time?", "Is it ok for me to constantly hang out with my friends who aren't Christians?" and even, "Will my relationship with Christ really bring me satisfaction?" These types of questions can prove to be a huge speed bump in our walk with Christ.

In order to find the answer to our commitment argument, we must ask ourselves, "What does the Bible say about our commitment to Christ?" and "Do we benefit by staying committed to Him?" The answer we are looking for is found in Proverbs 16:3, which says, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Notice how this verse does not tell us to just commit certain things to God, or to just commit things to Him every once in a while, but tells us to commit to the Lord WHATEVER we do! The benefit of our commitment to God is that our plans will succeed; not might succeed or will sometimes succeed, but will succeed! Our faithful commitment brings forth guaranteed success!

When you find yourself wondering whether or not you should commit yourself to God, remember that the outcome of such commitment is success. Remember, you can't commit if you don't submit. Therefore, submit yourself to God and commit all you do, see, and say to Him. By doing so, you will find that your relationship with Him will grow and He will bless all that you do. Stop buying into this world's lack of respect for commitment and stand firm on the promise of success our faithful commitment to God produces!

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