1 Kings 8:61
And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”
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The dictionary defines commitment as the “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc”. The above definition, therefore, points out the fact that when you are committed, it means you are truly and fully dedicated and focused on what you are committed to. As expressed in the above passage, there is no middle ground when it comes to commitment. You are either committed or not. This is why the above passage 1 Kings 8:61 qualified and emphasized on the fact that not only should we be committed, but it is of utmost importance for us to be fully committed to God.
As humans, everything we do on this planet is based on relationship. We build relationships with God, our family, and other people in our society. A relationship without commitment, by default, will be full of problems and eventually lead to total failure of the relationship. This is why Jesus explained in Mark 12:30-31 that the most important commandment of God is for us to be fully committed to God and the second is for us to fully commit to our fellow neighbors. Mark 12:30-31 says, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
When you deeply study and look into most of the problems that we face in life, you will come to the realization that, most of these problems stem from our lack of commitment. It is therefore important for us to be fully committed in the below important relationships that we develop throughout our lives.
Commit to God
To be fully committed to God simply means you need to live by the decrees and obey the commandments of God. If you don’t or can’t obey the commandments of God, then it means you are not worshipping and serving God in truth and in spirit. For the purpose of God’s decrees, laws, and commandments is to protect us from negative forces, help us identify and abstain from sin, causes our heart to be clean and transcend us to develop a strong spiritual relationship with God.
This is why the bible says in 1 John 2:4 that ““Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”
Hence as Christians, we can continue or start showing our commitment to God through our actions such as reading the bible to understand and know the word/ commandments/laws of God, apply the word of God in our lives, help promote the work of God, honestly pay our tithe, etc.
For the bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 that “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Commit to Your Family
Most families in our society today face a lot of problems which put a lot of pressure and stress on the husband, wife, children and the extended family. When you look deep into these family issues/problems, you will find out that, most of them were caused by lack of commitment. When the spouse, children and the extended family are not committed to each other, then the relationship which keeps the family together is bound to fail.
This is why the bible gave specific commitment instructions for a Christian household in Colossians 3:18-20 which says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
Therefore, when a family commits to each other, they build trust, their relationship grows stronger, they tightly stay together and they enjoy peace and happiness.
Commit to Others
Being committed to others means you will be honest/truthful in your dealings with others. You will also not be envious/jealous but rather admire or be inspired by others and never be tempted to steal or covert other people’s things. Our lack to be fully committed to one another is the source of most problems or conflict we have with others. For example, are you committed at your place of work by giving your employer 100% of your effort, are you fair in your business dealings, are you committed to your school work, are you committed to the growth of your church, etc.
This is why Jesus gave us the “Golden Rule” from Matthew 7:12 which says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Therefore as Christians, we need to commit to others by practicing the “Golden Rule” of Jesus Christ.
Be committed to God, your family, and others, for you to enjoy a life of peace, happiness and the blessings of God.
I, therefore, leave you with this quote from Martina Navratilova which says, “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is fully committed.”