Pastor Earnest Abraham is a dear friend who is serving the Lord in one of the most interior parts of India. He has a great passion for the Lord, and his commitment inspires this generation. His ministry is one which empowers the less privileged, moves with a strong deliverance anointing and all with a heart of a teacher. Take a moment and read this post. I am sure this will speak to your heart.
We often speak of commitment as something that should be taken seriously. However, a glance through the meaning of commitment in a dictionary would suggest something deeper – that it means making a “promise” or a “pledge” that requires adherence to a set of values and designs that together hold the potential to achieve the desired outcome. And, the most critical aspect of commitment is the ability to sustain it over a period of time. It is not a momentary excitement to pursue something.
Commitment requires constant, consistent, patient, persistent pursuit. The defining factor of commitment is an undeniable constant, overarching ache to see the desired come to pass. No part of the person escapes that ache. It refuses to cease – regardless of the circumstances.
To me, the most outstanding example of commitment in the Bible, apart from Jesus, is that of Paul. Read this for a moment:
“Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger? “ 2 Cor. 11:24-29 (NLT)
Quite a picture of unwavering commitment, isn’t it? But what strikes me the most about Paul’s commitment is his willingness to go through anything to reach for what God had placed before him. Paul had an overarching ache to see it come to pass – so much so that nothing else compared to it. Pain of the worst kind should not be reason enough to cause us to cease our pursuit of God.
Today, there is no dearth of excitement among believers and much of the excitement is viewed as positive. I agree that the positive energy that excitement generates is contagious and beneficial. But if we are to achieve what God has set before us, we must move into a place of commitment – the kind demonstrated by Paul – where the biggest difficulties will not be able to cause us to waver from wholeheartedly pursuing what God has set before us. And to get to a place where we can be committed to God, we need to shed a lot of “ourselves” – those things which cause us to look for momentary comforts.
We must allow ourselves to be taught by the Holy Spirit to look beyond that which our natural eyes can see and understand. Only then will we be able to stand steadfastly. Abraham had to leave everything and follow God – Commitment. Moses had to face the Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Quite a daunting task but… Commitment. Look at the lives of Joseph, Joshua, Caleb, Gideon, Elijah, King David, King Hezekiah, King Josiah, Mary the mother of Jesus – they did great things. But one word defined them all – Commitment. Commitment is inconvenient. But then, it was never meant to be a cozy affair. Remember: Pain is the precursor to birth. And is only commitment – absolute commitment that will cause you to consider bearing the pain that leads to birth. The price of commitment is high but the fruit of commitment is long-lasting.
It is not God’s intention to allow you to stagger on with life. What has God set before you? It may not be easy but pursue it. It’s worth it all – for it holds the potential to unlock the greatness God has set before you!
God bless you! Let us know your thoughts, we would love to hear from you!