Each of us is committed to something. Committed to a job, friends, a spouse, a new diet, a New Year's resolution or perhaps a book that we have wanted to read for a long time.
Whether it is something that is short term or long term, our commitment means following through with what we started. With relationships, it implies a certain surrender of oneself to another. It is a decision we make.
This past September, I went back to school, to get my diploma in 'Teaching English As A Second Language.' I did it so when Pat and I are overseas, I will have the credentials to be able to teach in an International School or a private local school in whatever country we are in.
It was much harder that I thought it would be. Not only was it costly, but it took a lot more commitment than expected. I had to carve out time in my schedule to take classes, study, do homework, take tests and do an end of the semester project. Other priorities had to take a back seat to finishing the course. There were time when I said, "What have I gotten myself into?" But I made the commitment to see it through, no matter what the cost. Because of that decision, I have my diploma and coupled with my college degree I have my credentials!
With that experience, I couldn't help but reflect on who and what I am committed to. I found that I am committed to those things that are the most important to me: The Lord, Pat, family, friends, the church and our ministry.
What about my relationship with God? What about my commitment to grow in my faith?
If I am committed to a friendship, I will take the time to call them, keep in touch with them and spend time together. If I am committed to finish reading a book, I have to actually pick it up and take time to read it. In order to commit myself to the Lord, I have to make the decision to set aside time to be with Him and focus on our relationship.
And what about our Lord's commitment to us? The good news is we are His number one priority.
Hebrews 13:5: "For he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you." (ESV)
Philippians 4:19: "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (ESV)
James 4:8: "Move your heart closer to God, and he will come even closer to you." (TPT)
The best relationships result from mutual commitment to invest the time and effort needed to be together and grow close.
The most valuable commitment we can make is to have that intimate fellowship we were created to have with the Lord!
Looking forward to seeing you all on the walkway!