Is our commitment binding or situational?

by Richard Mansel, managing editor

Christianity is the result of countless decisions on moral, ethical and spiritual issues that arise in our lives. We come upon new ones every day and we address them as Scripture teaches or we do not.

Commitment is a pledge, promise, agreement and obligation to be true to our word. We make promises and we are expected to honor them.

Do we do so because we are bound to be honest and faithful? Or, do we see them as situational, depending on whims and whether we have a better offer?

It is time for worship on Sunday evening but our friend invites us to go to the movie. It is time for us to read our Bible but we put it down to Skype. We ignore the contribution in worship so we can buy an outfit to wear to the hottest party. We drink and dance at that party because our friends are watching.

Did we really make a binding agreement with God when we became a Christian or was it a verbal agreement? A verbal agreement, or a handshake, is a deal built on honor. Yet, if honor is not our standard, we will dismiss it as unnecessary.

Do we honor our commitment to God to always be faithful to Christ? (Hebrews 11:6). Or, do we rationalize it away whenever another offer arises?

A binding agreement with God means that we put him first in everything (Matthew 6:33). We stand with him no matter what happens because he is our Lord and family (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19).

God has done everything he can to provide salvation for all of us. Before time began, God decided that we would have a Savior and that all spiritual blessings would come from him (Ephesians 1:3-4). God would send his son to earth to die for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-11). His blood would be shed for our sins and, as a result, we would always be safe in him (1 John 1:7; Romans 8:1).

God asks us to be faithful to him all of our days (Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3; Mark 12:30). We put him above everything else and we give him complete priority in life (Colossians 3:17).

God says that he will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Yet, we will remain with him except when we have something better to do? What if the roles were reversed? Would we ever have faith in God? Would we ever be committed to him? Yet, we expect that of Christ?

Commit to God always and heaven will commit to you eternally.


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