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Commitment - A Really Scary Concept

Pastor Arnold Wong reminds us that being committed to God should be the chief commitment of our lives.

Many would agree that commitment is a scary concept, but a very important one. Without commitment our quality of life would be very poor. Praise the Lord for the legions of people who keep us healthy, safe and productive because of their dedication and commitment.

Likewise, in the spiritual realm commitment is also a scary yet important concept. When a believer is challenged to be committed to God, he or she has no idea what kind of life God may lead them to live for Him. For most believers that is the crux of the matter: the fear of the unknown and the fear of having to live a very difficult life. In the eyes of the world and ourselves, it is quite acceptable to be dedicated to our professions, vocations, personal dreams and goals, but being committed to God is quite another matter. Living by faith is really scary despite God’s personal promises, presence and power (Josh 1:9, 1 Thess 5:24).

However, commitment is absolutely necessary because there are hardships and challenges that naturally come with living a life worthy of our calling. Jesus was very clear in declaring the challenges of living a life that seeks to follow and obey God. There will be opposition and even persecutions (Jn 15:18, 20). But we can hold on to God’s promise that He will not leave us (Heb 13:5), and that He came to give us life and give it abundantly (Jn 10:10).

We have to realise that God calls us to be committed to Him – to love and serve Him (Deut 10:12, Matt 22:37-38). Our commitment to Him should be the chief commitment of our lives, leading us to a life of sacrifice, selflessness and service (Lk 12:51-53, Rom 12:1). It is our ultimate response to the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for us when He gave Himself for us by dying on the cross for our sins, allowing us to have forgiveness of sin and eternal life (Matt 20:28, Rom 5:6-10).

Scary or not, we must, should, and will commit ourselves to Him.

What are you waiting for?

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