Studying the topic of commitment has been a help to me, so I pray it will be equally beneficial to those who read this.
There is a vast difference between commitment and just getting "carried away." People often get "carried away" and it is exciting. It can lift us up to great heights of accomplishment, but it can also let us down just as rapidly as it will pick us up.
Getting all "carried away" is sporadic and temporary. It seems that one cannot be "carried away" all the time.
On the other hand, commitment has a more permanent sound. It is not a height to be reached; it is a foundation on which to build. Commitment suggests stability. Yes, things are sometimes accomplished by getting "carried away," but the real strength of the church of the Lord lies in those members who are constant in work, constant in giving, constant in attendance, etc. They don't allow themselves to be up one minute and down the next, hot one day and cold the next. They can be trusted because they are committed.
God's commitment to His people is a promise we can rely on. (Heb. 11:11) We should take a lesson from our father's faithfulness to us and develop this same attribute in our lives as we serve him and as we serve our fellow man. (I Peter 4:19)
The story is told of a sole survivor of a shipwreck who was cast upon an uninhabited island. After a while he managed to build a crude hut in which he placed his "necessities" that he had saved from the sinking ship. He prayed to God for deliverance, and anxiously scanned the horizon each day to hail any ship that might chance to pass.
One day, upon returning from a hunt for food, he was horrified to find that his hut was in flames. All that he had was gone. To his limited vision, it was the worst that could happen, and he cursed God. Yet, the very next day a ship arrived. "We saw your smoke signal," the captain said.
Our commitment to the Lord should never waiver, even in the midst of trial and tribulation because God is committed to us and he said, "... Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Heb. 13:5
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