What is commitment? I think we’ve forgotten what it’s like to be committed. It used to be when you said you would do something, you did it – no matter what. Now it seems, you say you’ll do something and it means you’ll do it . . . unless something better comes up. Sometimes we make commitments even when we already are committed. Sound confusing?
We are living in a day when our “yes” really means, “I’ll wait and see.” This trend is really disturbing to me. Who can you count on? Is there anyone who really is committed? Is loyalty to anyone or anything still around? Unfortunately the answer is yes. I say unfortunately because there are people absolutely sold-out, lock, stock and barrel to some things. Go to a NASCAR race and you get to hang out with 110,000 of your closest friends. It’s March Madness in America. There are some folks that won’t miss a game. We paint our faces with our team colors, cut out basketballs and wear them as hats.We go to the football game and get there hours early so we can cook out in the parking lot.
We are fanatics. Is that so bad? When it comes to serving Christ, the attitude is different. We strive for mediocrity. We’re happy with average. We’re content to be in the middle of the pack. Life is good when we’re as good as the next guy. Show me a coach that consistently has .500 seasons and I’ll show you a coach that is searching for another job. It seems that some of us just want to slide through in this walk of faith, we’re content to just make it. I don’t find that attitude in Scripture. You can search for yourself – no where are we encouraged to be average, mediocre, or like the next guy. In fact, the words are challenging: “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:6) If you say you love Christ, but want to live your life to please yourself, you’re not serving Him in the manner that is pleasing to the only One that matters. Jesus says, “If you love me – prove it. Keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) To Jesus, talk is cheap. I’m finding talk is even cheaper today.
We’re taught to look out for numero uno, to go for the gusto, to grab life for all it’s worth. Hey, you only live once, right? The life of Christ is one that calls for self-denial in order to follow after Christ. (Luke 9:23) That’s radical thinking today.We are to pursue righteousness. Run after righteousness with the goal of catching it. That might mean you have to change.
If you are a child of God, guess what? God loves you too much to let you stay the same. It’s time to radically and wholeheartedly serve Him.