Commitment! This is a word that packs a punch! It is a word that has brought me moments of joyful bliss and led to painful experiences as well. What does commitment mean? At the beginning of the year I shared that instead of writing down a bunch of New year’s resolutions, I was going to seek God’s direction. I prayed for weeks asking Him to give me a word for 2016 and the word He gave me was “COMMIT”. I did not completely understand how just one word would make an impact this year but I wanted to trust Him. Besides it much easier to remember than a notebook paper filled with chicken scratch of my goals and resolutions.
So here we are; almost a quarter through the year and I now understand the need for this word! However, before I get into that, let me share with you the “clinical” definition for the word commitment.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.” Romans 12:6.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22
During the stressful times of anxiety, I can feel God’s indescribable peace instead of fear and frustration. I have the spirit of self-control when making decisions that might hurt myself or others. It’s my prayer that people will see Christ in me as I show His kindness and gentleness. God will give the strength to be faithful in everything He asks me to do. This is what spiritual commitment is all about! So as we venture forward into the 2nd quarter of the year; let’s stay committed to the word or words God has revealed specifically for us. Whether it be “wonder”, “believe”, “surrender”, “peace”,”hope”, “joy”, “fearless”, “trust”, “overcome”, “abide”, “rest”, “steadfast”, “enough”, “overflow”, or maybe even “COMMIT”.
Thank you father for giving us direction and softening our hearts to hear your voice. We know that the enemy is busy Father God. He is trying to distract, discourage, and destroy but the HOLY SPIRIT lives within us to accomplish the great things you have planned for and prepared for us. May we grow strong in our commitment to serve you Lord as we give you all the glory in your precious son Jesus name…AMEN.”