What do you understand by the word commitment? It means being devoted or giving 100% of yourself to a cause. E.g. Gandhiji was committed to get India freedom; Mother Theresa was committed to help lepers;
Jesus was committed to save the world. As disciple of Jesus you need to be committed.
1 Kings 8:61
But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time."
Does God want 50% commitment or commitment according to our feelings. No. He wants us to fully be committed to the Bible 100%. How do you feel you are doing in this area? How does God feel when we are not committed?
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Do you feel encouraged by this scripture when you are committed it says that God will make you shine like the noonday sun. When is the sun bright? – at noon. At that time is shining the most. God blesses us so much if we decide to be committed that it will be hard not to get
Imagine if you are committed to being fruitful every month; you will evangelise daily, you will do your follow-up sincerely- so you will get fruitful. Not just once you can get fruitful 10 or 12 times if you continue to remain committed till the end of the year.
Lets look into some of the areas that we need to commit ourselves as Christians.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The Christians were committed to
a. The Apostles’ Teaching (The Bible): Have you been reading your Bible daily. What are you reading now? What are you learning from what you read? Are you putting it into practice in your life?
b. Fellowship: How has your fellowship been? How many close friends do you have in your Bible talk, sector, the church. Do you make time to spend with Christians? Do you come early to the meetings and to church to fellowship with others? Do you know to be friendly to others and always be willing to help like in childcare, ushering etc. If you are doing it good- grow more in this area, if not you must decide today to change. You can do better.
c. Breaking of bread: How are you doing in the area of coming to Sunday service? Are you regular? Has it become a habit to miss meetings or to come late to church? What about mid-week meetings are you in a hurry to leave? Do you take communion in a reverent manner? Do you call disciples over to your house for a meal just to make them feel special? We got to invite disciples over and also go to others houses in order to make friends. Let’s decide to commit ourselves in this area.
d. Prayer: How has your prayer been? Are you taking help? Are you helping others to pray? Prayer builds our faith and when we are
faithful we will be fired up always. We see in this scripture that since the disciple were committed to each other and to God. God blessed them tremendously. They had large number of baptisms. Just decide to be committed. It is not difficult we must not let our selfishness and sinful nature stop God from blessing the church and us.
Pray every Day to be committed to Jesus 100% not 50% or 90%.