…a mountain without first having committed themselves to climbing a mountain. People do not just happen to end up on top of a mountain in the day-to-day maelstrom of life. Rather people end up on mountain tops through making a commitment and carrying through on it.
And dare I say, no-one ever lived for the Lord without first committing themselves to live for the Lord. People do not just drift into living for God. People do not just find themselves living for the Lord. No! Everyone who has lived for the Lord came into that position through committing themselves to such a lifestyle and carrying through on that commitment. So two verses struck me recently:-
- But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ (Josh. 24:15b). Here is commitment. Here is determination. The context for Joshua making this statement is that of a people who are saying that it is desirable not to serve the Lord. Joshua leaves such to the miserable consequences of their decision. His observation is that whether they choose the old gods or the new gods, both are pitiful foci of devotion. Emptiness and uselessness is the outcome of such devotion. Into that atmosphere Joshua commits to serving the Lord. And so should we. He will not flow with the consensus. He will flow with serving God; being devoted to Him.
- Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Tim. 2:22). Here we see commitment again. Timothy is exhorted by Paul to reject that which will kill his soul; namely the evil desires of youth. Instead he should pursue that which will make life valuable namely, righteousness, faith, love and peace. And in all this he should make the right choice of company; those calling on the Lord out of a pure heart. When he mixes with this type of people it will help him to carry through on his commitments
Both of these statements are commitment based. Any person with such determination in place is set for a valuable life for God. So what about me? Oh, make me to be committed to you and your cause, Lord.