This word reads like any other word in the English language. In fact, we hear this word much in the Christian vernacular, so much so that perhaps, at least for me, I have lost the severity of its meaning. Perhaps I’ve lulled myself into a state of apathy regarding its meaning and expectancy.
In my morning devotion today, it was centered about Titus 2:7 that lays out the challenge for us to be an example in everything….. We do that by remaining committed not only to God, but to the place we are.
We understand, for the most part that being a follower of Christ requires or expects commitment from us. But somehow, that instruction of remaining committed proves to be a challenge because of difficult circumstances and trying situations. We know that we are to remain committed; but yet, often without intention or notice…our commitment weans.
According to dictionary.com - commitment means the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself, a pledge or promise; obligation. Which mostly, is doable as long as things/situations and people are tolerable. Things and situations don’t even have to be favorable, but at least tolerable. It’s when things aren’t tolerable that the true test of commitment comes into play.
I made a commitment to Christ on March 27, 1992. It was at the altar of a church that I surrendered my will, my life and my future to the One True God who met me at the point of humanness. I didn’t understand at that point, and how could I possibly understand the depths of what that commitment entailed. And all these years later, I’m still not fully aware of the depths of this word commitment. I know I have experienced really hard times that were way beyond my comfort zone and I have been pushed to the point of no return; so I thought and….God’s commitment to me has remained. In that, I find peace and prayerfully the power to remain committed to Him as well.
I find myself complaining, grumbling and having a rotten and ungrateful attitude in my relationship with God. Because somehow, my intention is to remain committed to Christ; yet I want to leave the unfavorable circumstances as quickly as possible. How does that work??? Does that work???
Today’s devotion hit me with this: “A commitment means you’re to be where you’re supposed to be.” The same way Christ stands before the Father on my behalf, is the same way I am to stand where He has placed me. Through the hard and difficult times, through the turbulent waters that feel like they’re overtaking me, through the bowls of grief and bursts of frustration because it’s just too hard….I am to be committed to be where I’m supposed to be. In my commitment to remain…I am fulfilling my commitment to Christ as His follower.
Surely, as you’re reading this…God could change the situation and circumstances in an instant and relieve me and you of the hardship, yet He may not. He may instead want us to remain committed to Him by being committed to the difficult times and hard places.
Thank God for His grace which allows me another opportunity to do it His way and not mine. That same grace is afforded to you every time as well. May we, together, be resolved in our commitment to Christ by remaining committed to be where we’re suppose to be.
God has an awesome plan for your life!!