Summary: To serve God you must be committed to His will for your life. If you want to fulfill your purpose, you must be committed to it.

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“A Term That Has Seemingly Become Obsolete”

What is commitment?

An engagement or pledge to do something, An unreserved devotion, bound to stand fast or hold in place.

We live in a self-serving, throwaway, live-for-the-moment, do-what-feels-good, society.

Typically, the only commitments made these days are those that are personally beneficial.

Commitments that are made are typically to worldly things. Things outside of God’s economy.

A commitment is more than a mere contribution.

1Thes 3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

 Paul writing to the church describing the fulfillment of his life in their commitment to the faith.

 We also really begin to live, when we live a life that is committed.

Are You Committed To The Essential Things?

Are you committed to building a relationship with Jesus?

 Phil 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

 1 Pet 2:7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,"

 1 Cor 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Are you committed to overcoming sin?

 To serve God you must be committed to overcoming sin.

 To overcome sin you must absolutely want it out of your life.

 Psa 37:1-5

 Prov 25:28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.

 Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

 Ps 101:3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

 Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.

Are you committed to your marriage?

 A covenant is the highest form of commitment.

 1 Pet 3:1-7

 Heb 13:4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

 Prov 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD.

 In Malachi dealing treacherously with your spouse was one of the things that ticked off God.

 A lack of commitment to our marriage will break down everything else in our spiritual walk.

Are you committed to your children?

 A high-level of commitment is required to raise godly children.

 Due 6:4-7

 Eph 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

 Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

 This is the kind of commitment that impresses God.

Are you committed to your ministry?

 To serve God you must be committed to His will for your life.

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