Christians are called to commitment throughout their lives. Therefore we must always be mindful of keeping our commitments one to one another, after all this in one of the ways, people will see the light of Jesus shinning in and through us. However, most importantly, when scheduling conflicts arise and they will, we must be certain we have above all committed one hundred percent of our lives to God, both in sacrifice and service. – Romans 12:1-2. When it becomes clear our commitment to another cannot be honored we must ask ourselves will altering my original commitment to my fellow man honor God. In other words has God changed MY SCHEDULE, MY PLANS, although they were made with Him in mind, I must remember I am not MY OWN, nor am I on MY TIME, I am His and I am on His time. When the change honors God as everything we do should, then serving one another in love is to be applied all around, from those who are disappointed in the schedule change and those who are changing the original commitment.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” – Proverbs 16:3, NIV. Commit your life to God. Whatever we do in life, we must do it as we would do it for God. Do things in excellence. Your plans will succeed because God has the best in mind for you. If you do what God has called you to do, He will take care of the rest. Whether it be at home, at work, at school, or at the grocery store, we need to present ourselves to others as we are doing it for God. People will see this, wonder what you have, and ask about it. This provides an open opportunity to witness to them about Jesus.
We are called to serve one another in love, just as Jesus portrayed for all to witness throughout His life. “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” – Galatians 5:13, NIV. One aspect of this love is keeping our commitments to others. In today’s life, it can get so busy that we become distracted and fill our calendars to the brim, essentially over committing ourselves. When we do this, we often find we must cancel some of our commitments we promised to others.
With our commitment to love one another as Christ also loved us as stated in John 13:34-35 and John 15:12 comes responsibility. Plans changing do not automatically mean the other person is being inconsiderate, uncommitted, careless, or anything else we may negatively suppose due to our humanity. It could be God has altered our plans for His good, and as His children we need to be aware of this and not take it personally. After all we have read “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”-Isaiah 55:8. Do you also remember what Elisha did when he realized that God was calling him for greater things? Did he stop and ask questions? Did he complain? Did he say, “But I am plowing?” No, he did NOT! Elisha immediately made a decision to leave his life behind and follow Elijah. He dropped everything and followed Elijah towards God’s calling for him. We should always first consider the other person is acting only on sincere intentions and has made every effort to follow through on their promise before ultimately changing or cancelling plans.
One of the things that is clear throughout the word of God is that our commitment to God will drive our availability to God. Our commitment to God drives our energy that is designated toward the things of God. Every day you designate your energy to people and things in this life. You may not sit down and say that I will designate my energy to this or that today…but the fact is whatever you engulf and tie up your life with day to day that’s what you are designating your energy toward. Our commitment to God also drives our time that is set aside toward Him. In other words whatever the level of commitment in your heart towards God is that will determine how much time you spend with Him, how much time you are involved in God’s business, how much energy you give toward God, how available you are for His ministry.
The Bible is emphatically clear in that it teaches the chief commitment of our lives is first, foremost and above all to God Himself. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” – Matthew 22:37-38.
Jesus is telling us that every fiber of our being, every facet of our lives must be committed to loving and serving God. This means that we must hold nothing back from Him because God holds nothing back from us – John 3:16. Furthermore, Jesus tells us that our commitment to Him must supersede our commitment to all, even our families: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:25-27. Jesus isn’t teaching contempt, animosity, hostility or any offensive attitude or deed. The idea is, we are to love Christ MORE than we love our own family, and even our own self! Loving the Lord more than parents … more than children … more than brothers and sisters … EVEN MORE THAN OUR OWN LIVES — that is absolutely essential, if you want to become a disciple of Christ.
Finally we should also understand commitment is not transferable; it is individually developed in each person. People may be able to provide you information to help you in your understanding true commitment, someone may even be able to tell you all about commitment. No matter what is taught, shared, or forced, commitment itself is non transferrable. You and I have to make up in our minds that we understand our work for Jesus matters more than anything in this life. The fact is, I am not personally working in church or doing kingdom work just because somebody ask me to do something, or because I want to be noticed, but because I am committed to God in both sacrifice and service.