A LIFE OF COMMITMENT
Over the past month, I have been reflecting on my calling and commitment to pastoring the Lord’s church. My reflection has been on my commitment to prayer, studying, preaching and teaching, as well as pastorally caring for the church (the people).
Reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, I have been challenged to encourage you all to join me as we commit ourselves daily to live as disciples of Jesus, and to advance the Kingdom’s work on earth through His church. We all have twenty-four hours in a day, and what we give our time to determines what we value, prioritize and commit to.
Reflect on your busy week, how much of your time have you spent with God and to nourish your spirit? While the Lord has not demanded that we use all our time to read scripture or pray, he however requires that we acknowledge and honour Him daily.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”. Colossians 3:17
As you read this quote from the book, reflect on your commitment to your spiritual growth, your marriage and family, to work life, to church giving, to using your gifts in serving God and others, and to attending corporate worship.
“When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation. That’s all you need to get started: Decide to become a disciple.
Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you. Tell me what you are committed to, and I’ll tell you what you will be in twenty years. We become whatever we are committed to.
It is at this point of commitment that most people miss God’s purpose for their lives. Many are afraid to commit to anything and just drift through life. Others make half-hearted commitments to competing values, which leads to frustration and mediocrity. Others make full commitments to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and end up disappointed and bitter. Every choice has eternal consequences, so you had better choose [your commitments] wisely”.
In all your commitments, have an eternal perspective and make time consistently for your spiritual growth, for the church and the Kingdom’s mission on earth. Your commitments to these have benefits that echoes into eternity, so invest wisely.