God made a commitment to provide mankind the opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. He demonstrated that commitment by sending Christ to the cross. In return, God expects us to commit our lives to Him. There’s the problem- people want the benefits of Christ’s death on the cross without having to actually commit their lives to Him! They want to be saved, but they don’t want to have to live the life of the saved.
Even many Christians struggle with commitment. They want a nice, comfortable, commodious building in which to worship. They want the building and grounds to be attractive and kept in good repair. They want good, effective literature to be provided for their children’s Bible classes. They’re impressed when they hear of good works being done in local evangelism and mission work being undertaken by the congregation. But they don’t want to have to make any substantial personal commitment in terms of their contribution to fund those various needs.
Many members of the Lord’s church want good teachers for the Bible classes, but they don’t want to commit themselves to teach any of those classes. They want a good visitation program to be in place to follow up on visitors and check on the sick, shut-ins and those struggling spiritually. But they don’t want to have to be involved in those works themselves. They want lost souls to be led to salvation, but they don’t want to make the visits, issue the invitations or take part in the Bible studies that serve to lead those souls to salvation. They want effective leadership within the church, but they don’t want to commit themselves to becoming leaders.
There’s that dilemma again. God is a God of commitment. People want God’s commitment to them, but they don’t want to make the proper commitment to God. Christianity is a religion of commitment. People want the benefits of being a Christian, but they don’t want to have to be actively committed Christians themselves. We need to get our thinking and our hearts straight. Commitment requires commitment!…