As a young Christian one of the issues that I dealt with many times was that of being committed. Let’s define that term lest you think I am talking about a special kind of being committed to a special institution! No, I am referring to that commitment that we make to the Lord Jesus Christ when we turn the keys of our life over to Him. I recall a number of young people who were saved around the same time that I was who no longer have kept their commitment to Christ. Whatever happened in their lives, they made a decision to abandon the faith.
Some folks don’t abandon the faith but they do make small lifestyle changes that are inconsistent with living for Christ. They decide that they will use their liberty in Christ to do whatever they feel like doing. I am not judging at all. I notice that there is a change in their fervor for following Christ and living for Him. Little changes but big results.
One of the verses that God has used in my life for years is Romans 12:1, I remember memorizing it in the King James Version when I was a teen, “I beseech you, therefore brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.” The concept of commitment screams out at us here. Because of what God has done for us, we have an obligation to give all that we are, all that we have and all we ever hope to be, to the Lord. Because of the gift of salvation I now have a new owner that looks out for my best interests. And that is exactly where the rub comes in. We love to control our own destiny but that concept runs into direct competition with the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Today, as I was reading Romans 12 and 13, I learned something new. If you take the time to read those chapters you will see that the Apostle Paul proceeds to talk about the use of spiritual gifts, how we relate to one another, our relationship to those in authority over us and finally he deals with how we should spurn fleshly sins. All of it is hinged on our commitment to being a living sacrifice. There is never a moment when that commitment is to be broached and suspended by the child of God, NEVER! That is not to say we will not sin or be tempted to sin but it is to say that we will submit to the Lordship of Christ each day of our life.
Is it easy? Are all problems dissipated? Will everyone welcome us with open arms? No, no, no! But we will live with the peace and joy that God promises to those who turn over the keys of their lives to Him. There is no greater purpose to which we can give our lives!