I heard a great message during service this morning that got me to thinking. The question posed to us was, “Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?”
In some things, I’m a commitment maker:
1. I’m happily married for 18 years.
2. I’m a sold-out, born-again Christian, and I share my faith in person, through my blog, via Facebook, and in almost any time/place that God gives me the opportunity to.
3. I regularly attend church, and I’ve only changed churches once in the last 9 years, and that’s because God told me to.
4. I work hard at making my “yes” be “yes” and my “no” be “no”.
In other things, I tend to be more of a decision maker, without the commitment to carry it out all the time:
I want to…
1. …exercise daily, but I don’t.
2. …read my Bible every day, but I don’t.
3. …keep a better house, but I don’t.
4. …plan meals ahead of time, but I don’t.
So, in the most important things, my faith walk and my marriage/family, I’m committed, but in the other things that are important, I’m not.
I’m grateful that my hubby and I strongly believe our marriage vows mean something. I’m grateful that neither of us thinks our marriage is disposable, because it’s not. We took a vow before God and witnesses to stayed married until “death do us part”.
In sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, for richer or for poorer…we’d make it through together. Along the way, we’ve come to treasure each other. Love is great, but it’s not then end – it’s just the beginning. It’s where the commitment starts, but absolutely not where it ends.
It’s a lifetime journey that becomes sweet and wonderful, even if the circumstances around you are not.
My faith and commitment to Jesus is what makes everything else manageable in my life. The Bible and the Holy Spirit are my guide.
In believing, I’ve found a lighted pathway, even on those day when I choose to walk in the dark. I’ve found a friend that is closer than a brother that will instantly convict my spirit when I’m doing something I know I shouldn’t be.
<GASP> “But, your a CHRISTIAN! You should be PERFECT!”
I’m far from perfect. My walk prior to accepting Jesus as my savior was filled with sin and darkness, even though few people would have thought so by looking at me.
What do I mean? I mean I was (and still am) a good person. I was a paramedic/firefighter and a 911 dispatcher. I took care of people. I even saved a life or two. I was kind and caring, but I was wading thigh-deep in sin in my personal life and not part of any church family.
I was a mess. I was intensely lonely. I was pretty on the outside, but filthy rags on the inside.
Now, as a commited Christ-follower, sin is still an on-going battle and temptation. However, I’m so connected with the Holy Spirit, most often, I’m convicted in sin PRIOR to actually committing it.
So, instead of being just a decision maker for Jesus, I became a commitment maker. I’ve chosen to find a greater power to believe in – God. I’ve chosen to follow Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.
In doing so, God’s blessed me with a peace that passes all understanding, even when circumstances seem bleak. God’s blessed me with a love for others I’d lost along the way. God’s given me a ministry for my gifts and talents, in order to bless others and share my faith.
Be blessing others, I’ve been overwhelmingly blessed, even by people I’ve never met in person.
So, I challenge you tonight to examine yourself. Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker? I’m choosing to work toward making myself a better commitment maker to those things that really matter. How about you?
John 14:23 (CEB)
23 Jesus answered, “Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
Galatians 2:20 (CEB)
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Matthew 25:21 (CEB)
21 “His master replied, ‘Excellent! You are a good and faithful servant! You’ve been faithful over a little. I’ll put you in charge of much. Come, celebrate with me.’
Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?
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