Incoming message for you…from Jesus:
You, my friend, are confusing!
I mean in terms of your actions. You’re all over the place!
Check this out:
- Carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act): “he committed an uncharacteristic error”.
- Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy. (Google definition)
For Christians, to commit means either to 1) carry out a sin or 2) join a group opposed to sin.
Sometimes you’ll commit a sin, usually when you think nobody is looking. It’s as if you’re not in your right mind. You focus all your energy and effort into doing the very thing you know you shouldn’t be doing!
I once said this to my disciples:
‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)
Nothing makes me sadder than to see you enslaved to your passions, selfish desires, and so on. I wish you’d stop.
I wish you would take all that energy and passion and focus it in the direction of the Kingdom! That’s something worth being committed too.
Old Job had a rough go of things, but even so, he kept the right focus. Remember when he said this?
“As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause.” (Job 5:8)
I love that. Good for him.
And what about you? You’ve got so much potential. So much to offer the world and the Kingdom. It’s so good having you committed, when you focus on Love and Compassion and Justice.
As for those other times, when you commit to the wrong things…
I forgive you. I always will.
But keep this in mind, friend:
Choosing whether to commit a sin or commit yourself to the Kingdom…
can shape the definition of your whole life.
Have a good week,
2 thoughts on “Can you commit?”
I’m a pastor, and I get paid to be committed, but I think that’s different from an honest spiritual passion and focus. For me to truly be committed, I have to remember how the Kingdom has a real-world impact, right here and now. Anybody else struggle with staying committed?
Thanks. Thought provoking. One thing I notice is being committed to the wrong things, too many things, losing focus on the “necessary” commitment.