Christian Commitment

by Stephen F. Olford

Thought: Second only to the word "obedience" is the word "commitment" in Christian living and serving.  Where there is no commitment, there will be no obedience.  Three factors are involved:

I. The Meaning of Commitment: "Commit your way to the Lord..." (v. 5). The Hebrew reads:  "Roll your way on the Lord." The problem with our lives is that we think that we can carry the burdens and responsibilities of living and serving; but this is totally impossible. If we could do so, there would have been no reason for the redemptive work of Christ.

II. The Maintenance of Commitment: "Trust also in Him" (v. 5). Just as we commit our lives in faith initially, so we must maintain our lives in faith continuously.  "As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so  (we) walk in Him" (Col. 2:6). The Old Testament word "trust" is the New Testament word "faith." This faith is maintained by looking to the Savior (Heb. 12:2), living in the Scriptures (Rom. 10:17), and leaning on the Spirit. "The fruit of the spirit is faith"  (Gal 5:22).

III. The Miracle of Commitment: "He shall bring it to pass" (v. 5).  Mark carefully that pronoun "He."  It is not you or I who can do this. "He shall bring it to pass."  God takes over and performs a continuous miracle in our lives. We cease to live carnally and begin, and continue, to live spiritually. A truly Christian life is a supernatural life. All the great saints of history have proven this to be true. If we are living as God intends for us to live, our life-style will demand a supernatural explanation.

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Thrust:                              

Jesus be Jesus in me,

No longer me but Thee,

Resurrection power,

Fill me this hour,

Jesus be Jesus in me.

                                                                          Author unknown  

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