I once heard someone say, “If you really want to do something, you will; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” This statement stuck ever since, because it is so true. When we hear the word commitment, I’m sure it sounds like such a serious thing to most of us. We usually think it is almost unattainable or it is for the goody two shoes. Dear friends, it is all your head. Commitment is a mindset. It is an attitude. Simply put, it means getting fully involved in something. There are a million and one things one could say about this topic but I will try as much as possible to keep it brief and precise.
Let me share a short story with you. When I was in secondary school, I was fond of engaging in exam malpractice. This was due to peer pressure and lack of confidence in myself. I wasn’t dumb. In fact I was very intelligent but somehow, in my subconscious, I always thought I would need assistance from my seat mate, just in case I forget something I’ve read. And vice versa. At some point, I started doing it against my own will, because I wanted to please my dear seatmate who sometimes brought food for me, from home. She was a day student, while I was a boarder. Oh the joys of having a day student as a seatmate, in those days. Haha.
What’s my point? I was not committed to the examination rules. I actually wasn’t committed to telling answers in the exam hall, for the fear of my classmates getting higher scores. If you’ve been there, you’ll understand. But most importantly, I was not committed in my relationship with God.
You cannot be committed to something you do not trust. TRUST is vital in our walk with God. You study for an exam, you trust that God will bring everything to your remembrance. You apply to a university/college, you believe you will get admitted. You fall ill, you have faith that you are healed. You apply for a job, you are confident that you will get it. Notice the words in bold handwriting? Yes, Commitment is a package. You cannot be committed to something you don’t believe, trust or have faith and confidence in. For example, if you believe that God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). You will be confident enough to take risks.
Experience has shown me that lack of commitment is as a result of lack of trust, trying to play safe or outsmart God. Only responsible people are committed to their jobs, relationships, ministry, etc. One question I always ask myself is, “If I’m not committed a certain area of my life, how will I know what it means to be committed in other areas?” If you practice commitment in the littlest of things, you will build a good name for yourself and God will honour you. If you are diligent in little, He will trust you with something bigger.
In conclusion, we all need the grace of God to stay committed to Him. If we acknowledge that we cannot do it on our own, we will always find strength in Him. If you really want to be committed to something or someone, you will.