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.
1. the act of committing.
2. the state of being committed.
3. the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
4. a pledge or promise; obligation: ex. We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
These factual definitions are fine in a “literal” sense but for myself it was all about my spiritual commitment! My commitment to Christ and trusting the word He revealed to me last December. I absolutely love this verse from Psalms 37!
So how am I committing everything to Him and trusting God? I want to share with you 5 things God has revealed to me on how to stay strong in my commitment to Him. It is my prayer that they are helpful to you as we seek to honor Christ in everything we do.
Committing my Time to God by spending time reading, studying, and memorizing His word. “Your word have I hid in mine heart ;that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11) Turning off my electronics and muting my smartphone allows me to listen to the words and wisdom God is wanting to instill in me! I do not feel completely prepared for the day without spending time in my Bible. I continue to learn so much not only about God but about myself too. Areas of my life I need to focus on or how I can glorify Christ through my words. It is such a blessing to hear God’s whispers of love and direction as I quiet myself to pray with Him.
Commitment to my Health.
Remembering as a Christian that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God wants me to do my part in taking care of my health. Proper rest and nutrition, and understanding how what I put in my body now will affect me going forward. Also listening to my doctors and especially keeping my appointments is such a scary thing for me. If you read the story I shared about a Parent’s Unconditional Love
, you can see where it all began!
My fear of hospitals and doctors is real and has been heightened since all the frightening occurrences during my stroke recovery. The life-like nightmares in the hospital, the unimaginable pain, and the never ending physical therapy. In fact, just this week I’m dealing with a health scare related to my stroke that might have been avoided if I had not let my fears continue to rule me! I need to remember that my loving Savior has brought me through every one of those experiences and now I’m here to testify!For God hath not given you a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
Committing to Completing things I’ve started. Whether it be a new set of therapy exercises, a brand new book from a favorite author, or maybe some classes/training to improve my writing and this blog. I know that God is transforming my heart every day and in serving Him I need to do everything as unto Him. ” And whatsoever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23. I started writing here because I wanted to make a difference by sharing my story of God’s transformation.
There is so much information out there claiming to help bloggers that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Asking God to help me remember my “why” as I continue doing His will, working hard and honing my craft. He will be glorified when I honor Him. I ask Him for wisdom when opportunities arise and it helps me stay focused on accomplishing a project or training I’ve started.
Commitment to a Bible-believing Church. I have been in church it seems like most of my life but I will admit not always for the right reasons. As a toddler, I was carried there and as a teenager I was usually dragged there! When I got older, there was usually a lady that I liked and we would go to church together but I was not “committed” to being nurtured and encouraging other saints.
During my stroke recovery, I realized just how much I needed to be around other believers that loved Christ. There were others that had stories of God’s love and redemption too. I’ve learned so much hearing the word of God taught especially at this church. (I’ve been attending with my sister’s family off and on since I moved last year.)
The Holy Spirit has been whispering to my heart that I need to commit and so last Sunday I asked the assistant Pastor about joining the church. I gave him an overview of my testimony and we will meet again soon to talk in more detail. I am excited to see how I can utilize my spiritual gifts to serve God and others!
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.” Romans 12:6.
I’m not really sure of my spiritual gifts but I think it may be exhortation or encouragement. I don’t think I’ll serve in the choir even though my sister sings like a mockingbird in Spring. I on the other hand and am the epitome of “making a joyful noise.” (Psalms 100:1)
Committing to sharing the Fruit of the Spirit that resides in me. I must say that this last one has impacted me in such a transforming manner that I just want to shout! For so long I had struggled with so many of the fruits mentioned with patience at the top of the charts! I’ve heard the saying that your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. Being more dependent on others, asking for help, and then having to wait for that help has sometimes been a test beyond what I thought I could handle. So a couple months ago I decided to memorize the fruit of the Spirit passage. I am proud and thankful that God has helped me in memorizing this life altering verse.
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”.
In closing, I would like to say a prayer for anyone who reads this and has goals and plans they feel God is leading them to accomplish.
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.”
Please share in the comments your word or words for 2016 and the reason you feel God gave you that revelation. We still have 8 months of spiritual growing to accomplish this year as the Lord wills. Stay committed, be encouraged, and let God subdue all your fears as you seek to live for Him!