COMMITTED To God?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV)
As we continue on the topic of being Committed To God, let’s look at what being committed to God looks like. When we allow God to take the driver’s seat in our lives, it doesn’t only show God that we trust Him but it also shows us our commitment to His decisions. Many of us say that God is in control of our lives, but do we consult with God with every decision we make. How committed are we? Do we have a limit for what level of commitment we want God to have in our lives? When these questions are asked, people begin to get a bit uncomfortable because this is an area that is rarely questioned. We ask, “Do you love God?” or “Are you a believer?”. Those questions are fine, but God wants an intimate relationship with His children. 1 John 4:6-7 (ESV) says, “We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Along with this love, comes correction.
Everything in life that we desire requires commitment. If you desire to obtain a degree in school, it requires a commitment of work and dedication. Same for the woman or the man in a marriage. If he/she desires to have a successful marriage there is a level of commitment that should be reached to insure the best possible outcome. In the same actions of accomplishing these things, in order to have a great relationship with God…commitment is required. For so long we have been told that God is going to love us regardless. True, but you have to define the word “Love”. Love provides, protects and corrects. Depending on the lifestyle we decide to live, you may get more of one than the other. Have you ever been around a person who always struggles with what they want and what they know God wants for them? This confusion creates a problem in their life because its not that they don’t know, but rather they don’t want to commit. Although God still loves you, He wont “provide” you with things that would promote you to do the opposite of Him. Yet, He does “protect” you. We know that the wages of sin is death and sometimes protection comes to prevent death itself and not only what leads to it. If a person knows the right path, there is more “correction” required to remind them of their decisions. James 4:17 (ESV) tells us, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” In it all, this is love. Many struggle more because of disobedience, desires opposite of Christ and decisions based on position and not purpose.
I understand that life doesn’t come with a “how to” manual, but it does however provides us with the blueprint to inherit the earth. If you have any limits on the commitment to God in your life, remove the limits. There is always another level God wants to take you to. Even if you don’t know if it’s possible that you can commit to God fully, Mark 10:27 (ESV) says, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” There is no greater love than the love Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve, but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
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