Thursday, November 21, 2013

Are you committed?

Num. 30:1-2 Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel: “This is what the Lord commands: 2 When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

 The above scripture is all about commitment.

Commitment: loyalty: devotion or dedication; a promise, pledge, vow or obligation: assurance.

Our words are very important to God. If we make a vow to Him or to another person, God says we MUST keep it. No matter how big or small we think the commitment is, His word is clear.  Whether it's a vow to your child to take them to Chuck-E-Cheese, bring food to the church luncheon, teach Sunday School, work the nursery or show up for a church work day, God expects us to keep our word!! But time and time again I see people not fulfilling their obligations. I have myself been guilty of this! Often times we may think we have a good reason. "Oh, there will be enough food there. I just really don't feel like cooking today." Or maybe, "I am not in the mood to deal with those kids in Sunday School today." It's sad to say that sometimes people will not follow through on a commitment because they are mad at someone. "I'm not about to go work at the church after what so-and-so said!!"

Ecc. 5:5 tells us "It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it." Broken promises lead to broken trust. If we constantly go back on our word other people will not trust us. Could it also be possible that God will not trust us? Here's what Luke 16:10 says about that; "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities." What if we miss out on an awesome opportunity simply because we have proven to God that we can not or will not keep our commitments?

The truth is we should do everything as if we are doing it unto The Lord!!! Above everyone else we should strive to please God. If our commitment to God is strong then our commitment to everything will be strong. The opposite is also true. If our commitment to God is half hearted then our commitment to everything else is halfhearted.

This devotions was written from the heart of Beth Reed. My prayer this week is that we will remember what Psalm 37:5 tells us, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."

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  1. Love this!!! I am a great believer in Integrity!!! My word means the world to me! Thank you for writing what was on your heart ! Much needed today in this world :) Pamela Britt Malone

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  3. Good job Beth!!! The church body as a whole has lost committed members!!! Everyone should read this!!!!

  4. Thanks Pam and Maggi!!! Commitment is so important in everything!!!!