Commitment – “the act of binding, dedicating, and engaging oneself intellectually, emotionally, and physically, to a particular course of action.” A hen and a pig came upon a church building and read the advertised sermon on the billboard out front, which read, “What can we do to help the poor?” Immediately the hen suggested they feed them bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you it only requires a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment!” The subject of commitment runs through the whole Bible and if we take commitment out of the Bible, we won’t have any Bible left to read, for commitment lies at the heart of our relationship with God. Furthermore, the Bible teaches not just commitment but total commitment, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Commitment is an action on our part in response to God which does not have an on and off switch. Commitment is not a Sunday thing we turn on and then turn it off Monday through Saturday, but commitment to God is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and three hundred sixty-five days a year. Commitment to God means loving God with your whole being, binding, dedicating, and engaging, yourself in obeying and serving Him, being faithful to His Church, growing spiritually and becoming more like Jesus every day in your character, using your talents and gifts to help others, and sharing the good news of the gospel with other people. God wants you to commit to Him not just contribute. (Mark 8:34a), “…Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”  


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