Committed

Read: Psalm 63

It seems like I have been bombarded with statistics lately. Maybe it is the election season we are in or maybe there is a renewed fascination with surveys. But whatever the reason, many of the stats I have come across have been very interesting, especially those relating to Christian Discipleship.

Survey after survey is finding that Christians who are fully committed to Christ, their faith, their church, and the Word of God are more fulfilled, happy, tend to find more purpose and strength in their lives and families. While this is not a news flash, it is a reminder about how important our commitment to God is and how it drastically affects our lives.

In Psalm 63 David is proclaiming that. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you.” Does that sound like the kind of commitment we are showing to God?

The rest of that Psalm goes on to proclaim that God will help us through the good times and the difficult times if we are committed to his upholding hand. In verse 5 David says, “I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”

It’s easy to say that we are Christians and followers of Christ, but is our life committed to Jesus in a way that it is obvious to others without us even telling them? Does that commitment proclaim, “You, God, are my God!”?

The Bible says that even Christians will have difficult things to work through in their lives, yet those who show great commitment to the ways of God are often given extra strength to work through those and come out even stronger on the other end.

I may not know what you are celebrating this week or what you are struggling with, but Jesus knows, and he wants to help those who proclaim him as the Lord of their lives. May we all make that renewed commitment to Christ this week!

Make it personal: Commitment usually has to start somewhere. Choose something this week that will help you strengthen your thirsting and seeking after God. Hopefully that one thing will lead to many others.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church