Did You Keep Your Word…. Or Did You Lie Again???
“Are You Still Committed?”
“A winner makes commitments. A loser makes promises.” (Anonymous)
“Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 ESV
The Bible has a lot to say about being committed. If a poll were to be taken, I’m sure that most people would consider themselves to be loyal, devoted, faithful – committed. However, to be considered as one who has earned the ability to be classified as committed doesn’t come without an extremely high price tag!
Many have declared that this year, they would excel and accomplish more than in previous years. Whether written or verbally proclaimed and mentally affirmed – commitments were initiated at the beginning of the year. We are still in the first quarter of the year; and most of those “commitments” have already been diminished to empty promises. In other words …. We’ve lied ..AGAIN!!!
Luke 9:62 refers to be committed – “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” As does Ecclesiastics 5:5; “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.” (Only two of many scriptures that deal with commitment.)
So, let’s become committed to be more committed! In other words, we must – if we are going to maintain our effectiveness, begin to place more value, on the demonstrated displays of those things which the Lord has assigned to us. Far too often we “pick and choose” our level of commitment and limit it to what we deem important or more convenient. However, we must remain cognizant of the fact that God doesn’t invest anything in us that is worthless. He has handpicked, and strategically tailor made the plans for our lives. He has given to us all so many more giftings and anointings than most of us are permitting to be manifested in our lives. Now, our job is to become “committed” to the cultivating, grooming and maturing procedures which are required; that will cause every seed within us to begin and continue its growth process.
There is no better time to begin that now. Many will read this and agree – but will you be one of the ones who will actually be committed enough to change? It was once spoken that the graveyard contains some of the richest soil. Why? Because most people die without staying committed long enough to their cause to produce the dreams, and aspirations which the Lord has given to them!
To remain committed, an acronym to remember is this…
I must: Change, Obey, Meditate, Mature, Invest, Travail, Trust, Endure and Demand!
Let’s not arrive at the end of the next quarter without displaying some sign that we are becoming more committed to producing all that the Lord has entrusted and meticulously placed within us.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
“If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” Numbers 30:2